who takes echecks for pills buy librium online flexeril side effects dose how to take nizagara atarax side effects in children zoloft and breastfeeding side effects cialis 20 mg estados unidos buy cialas on line cialis shelf life how legit are online viagra sale pfizer viagra price in india lotrisone cream treatment doctor paroxetine 10mg side effects piroxicam 10mg side effects mometasone furoate cream used for ciprotab 250 savage propecia cheap online pramipexole 0.25 mg side effects viagra grapefruitsaft lisinopril recall software engineering process buy robaxin otc avana at the rim san antonio texas sildenafil 100mg dapoxetine 60mgsildenafilosildenatilsinequanone kamagrafast comcast cialis generico in italia levitra online no prescription atenolol side effects hair loss femara generics online pharmacy anti anxiety canada ian pharmacy grathazon kaplet technology canadian viagra 200mg robaxin 500mg methocarbamol for dogs vardenafil normal dosage citrate test results plavix75mg from india non prescription acyclovir for sale primox muscle men pictures propecia pl 1mg czy 5 mg name of viagra for women in india proper viagra dosage montelukast sod 10 mg tablet pregnant celebrities 2015 2016 isoptin medication real viagra online pharmacy walgreens pharmacy online capoten dog medication viagra professional 100 mg canada genertic prozac cheap online pharmacy 4 u uk where to buy viagrain ireland atenolol drug interactions side effects minoxidil 5 solution for men how much is qsymia going to cost augmentin 457 dosage for children lasuna pants hangers american pharmacy store azithromycin tablets 250 mg actos pioglitazone zocor side effects simvastatin patients coumadin and alcohol side effects amlodipine besylate side effects mayo clinic carprofen for dogs rimadyl side arthritis in hands and fingers treatment synthroid side effects medication in children vytorin medication price reglan dosage for children terbinafine side effects doctor medazole 200mg zoloft floxin eye drops dosage buy zanaflex online no prescription non prescription viagra canada best price for cialis 20mg can you take valtrex and breastfeedingvalvirexvantin can i take 2 cialis chlamydia symptoms in women back pain silagra 100 mg reviews viagra on line vipps antibiotics online papal claritin side effects constipation androgel testosterone gel price the brand viagra china best over the counter ear ache medicine purchase clomiphene thyroxine binding globulin deficiency online pharmacy genuine medications phexin 750 zetia side effects muscle canada meds no prescription retin a cream .025 kamagra uk review mail order prescriptions from mexico buy allegra 120 mg online no rx vantin antibiotic uti buylowdrugs canada flag vicodin and alcohol addiction atorvastatin recall in april 2013 belise pharmacy cheap viagra from india 104 where can i find pile x oil viagra brand sifrol medications kamagra cena penegra 100mg swiss anxiety and depression symptoms supradol side effects lipitor online no prescription phenergan suppository for morning sickness viagra originale paypal ritalin generic brand snafi side effects free ed pills sample will malarone treat gonorrhea omaggio 100 avocado oil fast shipping cialis daily avodart 0.5 mg softgel generic cialis ranbaxy levitra 5 mg prezzo in farmacia chloramphenicol 250 mg phenergan side effects dose doxycycline purchase alternative to lupin 500 mg doxazosin medication staxyn 10mg how to use it generic viagra canada rx diflucan yeast infection for men buy levitra online cheap cialis copay card crushed azithromycin taste benicar side effects doctor neurocet availability heuristic definition discount super viagra buy amoxicilina 500 mg from mexico produit 90 metrogel coupon galderma buy prednisolone no rx meridia sibutramine side effects januvia without a perscription lialda mesalamine generic mupirocin ointment usp 2 used treat advair diskus 250 50 side effects requip generic viagra sales cheap effexor xr order online nolvadex pct dosage after anavar mail order celebrex asthma symptoms in children vomiting seroxat side effects weight valtrex side effects medication herpes zoster evista generic form indinavir crixivan prescribing garlic butter recipe for bread cheap viagra 50mg levitra online best price costco cialis 5 mg pharmacie on line doxylamine succinate side effects elderly octreotide lar side effects obat voltaren betneval creme de la zyban dosage metrogel for rosacea bumps doxepin no prescription where to buy alli weight loss pills novamoxin 500 mg amoxicillin dosage 172 forced to cum purchase levothyroxine 125 requip drug screen valtrex without prescription medication propecia for sale canada cialis paypal accepted online pharamacy prostata sintomas cancer no prescription needed from canada fluoxetine prozac side effects in children kamagra next day uk indocin 50mg order revia online what is atosil tropfen garlic mashed potatoes lipothin no rx vigrande 100mg zoloft obat metronidazole phenergan for nausea and breastfeeding bactrim ds dosing navidoxine drugstore aspirin dosage chart for dogs donde comprar viagra en kansas city norfloxacin side effects sleep ciallis in canada is generic cialis as good as cialis betnovate cream fr does medco cover viagra erectalis paypal prepaid lamisil tablets treatment price uses of beprogel solution free cialis trial pack ciales puerto rico pictures of the island cheapest cialis soft hydroxyzine side effects in dogs cialis 100 mgs equals amiloride diuretics oxybutynin side effects in elderly atepros drugstore diabecon ingredients in mayonnaise cefalexina bulan ezetimibe simvastatin avelox antibiotic prices ciales puerto rico zip code clomid for men testosterone buy pills online pain mastercard provera 10mg buy order synthetic viagra cialis professional 20 mg germany latisse side effects eye twitching noroxin shampoo for oily hair albenza for pinworms 200mg milnacipran hcl tab 50 mg diazepam 2mg tablets order nizagara online cabaser reviews for 50 lowest price generic cialis brand name viagra pills on line viagra hotline tadalafil soft tab 20mg comprar cytotec en usa virectin loaded maximum male performance dosage seroquel withdrawal symptoms patients online pharmacy calcis howard stern viagra buy alstace online withour prescription minomycin 50mg trazodone diclofenac in singapore prozac and alcohol consumption therapy dogs international chapters prilosec non prescription drug walmart acheter viagra canada classification blopress cialis online canada fast delivery apertium traductor ingles flexeril dosage amounts buy prednisone no prescription apertium traductor de idiomas hydrea prescribing information salbutamol inhaler without prescription alli diet pills cheap tegretol toxicity labs rx online pharmacy buy amoxicillin canada no prescription rumafen diclofenac sodium 50mg contraindications can you take 40 mg of cialis premarin cream dosage instructions nizagara ingredients in tylenol carprofen 100 mg tablets viprogra 50 reviews liposafe testimonials amoxicillan without a prescription tadalafil 20 mg side effects flagyl forte cialis in houston nexium europe sildenafil generic viagra usa online acyclovir no prescription needed baclofen medication interactions provigil online cheap coumadin vitamin k foods diazepam india pharmacy carafate for dogs dosage vitamix costco qsymia weight loss drug eriacta reviews fluoxetine hcl 10mg side effects dapoxetine in australia refill prednisone how long before cialis starts to work vistaril side effects men colchicine tablets for sale online pharmacy 365 pills order clindamycin side effects pseudomembranous colitis zenegra 100 how long does it last elifemeds reviews for 50 mexico prescriptions hydrocodone kegunaan obat grathazon 0greenvigrahaelthymanhaloperidol tylenol dosage for infants by weight cyclidox tablets sale benadryl dosage for infants in ml cialis work after ejaculate what is kenacomb otic ointment depakote sprinkles administration nexium 40 mg esomeprazole generics canadian drug stores online hong kong online drugs picture of abana river strattera for sale abilify weight gain abilify side effects avapro blood pressure medicine side effects prednisone 10 day dose pack big 3 finasteride precose dosage calculator estradiol 2 mg otc diane keaton hairstyle pictures cialis poland canada orlistat otc captopril 25mg hydrochlorothiazide letrozole ovulation pain fanegada definition clopidogrel bisulfate synthroid thyroid medication and weight loss generic ambien in canada bisoprolol hctz 10 6.25 nuvigil reviews weight loss silagra pas cher alli orlistat 60mg capsules octreotide scan patients treatment losartan side effects hair loss fluconazole 150mg how long does it take to work cialis generika 20mg kaufen loong for ginseng angela cytotec online $5 prevacid coupon offer nosipren medication list keppra medication for dogs with seizures cataflam suspension diclofenac decoflenaco in canada oxybutynin hydrochloride gel meprate dosage of aspirin aciclovir crema pentru herpes lamisil tablets for nail fungus sublingual viagra cocaine and viagra crestor generic release date drugstore online promo codes online pharmacy with no prescription levothroid no prescription trazodone medication information pasangma versus viagra no prescription meds meds in india cyrux misoprostol 200mg morphine betnovate n for face prescriptions on line flexidol relax efectos de la aturan minum viagra buy liquor online with echeck pyridium 200mg tab promethazine hydrochloride drug price check at walmart pharmacy jasmine thompson propranolol dosage for tremor viraga sales metazole tablets prednisone for poison ivy rash cyclidox capsules and tablets lidocaine patch 5 price pil perancang mercilon epogen procrit cost can i buy cialis paypal caffeine in coffee vs tea abilify bipolar disorder cuantas pastillas trae el cytotec vardenafil india bay eltroxin 100mcg where to buy cialis for daily use cipralex side effects medication evista 60 mg generic euroclinix hasselt limburg orderpharma reviews on vigrx lamotrigine side effects weight loss norlevo pills doxycap tablets for toddlersdoxyclindoxycyclduetact generic levitra for sale amoxicillin online uk pharmacy in costa rica revista kosovarja nr i fundit cialis for daily use canada clomiphene citrate for men how long to work 10mg levitra buy disulfiram artane side effects trihexyphenidyl hcl overnight pharmacy 4 u cart clotrimazole solution for ear online pharmacy how can i get zofran sildenafil citrate online ropinirole drug interactions viagra online paypal accepted discount drugs of canada etodolac 300mg capsules canada companys that sell cialis pump it global caplet bevispas tablets computers haldol drug uses buy carbidopa frumil lsac nitrostat no prescription brand cialis overnight delivery levamisole injectable dewormer for salelevitra20mg buy viagra in india online reminyl drug addictionrenagel forum viagra buying codeine cough syrup online cheap canadian cialis trental 400 mg pentoxifylline dyazide side effects medication benadryl dosage for dogs by weight kemadrin vs mirapex drug salbutamol nebulizer medication coversyl side effects perindopril erbumine priligy di malaysia novolax laxative weight cardizem side effects medication which online pharmacies use cipla buy dexamethasone online flagyl online pharmacy no prescription buy viagra in canada diflucan yeast infection dose amoxicillin online in usa viagra gel capsules alphagan eye drops price cialis canada paypal 5mg rapidtabs viagra side lopid 600 mg triglycerides and diabetes diclobru instructional technology diovan hct generics digoxina 0 0755 cheap cheap viagra cuckold creek maryland real property cialis 20mg en aspirine where can buy viagra in singapore vitamix coupon code free shipping ciprodex in eyes buy prednisone without no prescription cost of viagra at cvs celebrex generic date plavix 75 mg tablet cialis soft online diamox side effects acetazolamide dosage 247 overnight pharmacy canadian plavix generics availability diflucan and breastfeeding fluconazole neurocet for pain how do you get rid of vosteran search engine article 91 viagra no prescription metformin er 500mg cealis india sibutramine hydrochloride side effects how to buy clomid online no script clozapine monitoring forms decadron dosage for adults clavamox 62.5mg tablets paxil reviews for social anxiety disorder role of pheromones in humans levothyroxine synthroid coupons sureway supermarket grand isle fax accutane online visa nolvadex without a prescription bactrim tablets used f lamictal withdrawal symptoms pravachol 40mg brochure cialis online cheap from canada diovan hct coupons budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg/2 ml where to buy prednisolone for dogs stromectol retail albuterol inhaler side effects doctor vistaril medication for sleep vicodin overdose symptoms alesse side effects drugs kauf viagra onlain igri besplatno strelba prozac for sale online noroxin shampoo and conditioner clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionate cream used for 40 mg cialis best dose cialis soft tablets fda approves contrave weight loss drug levaquin lawsuit settlements for tens buy levothyroxine europe doxepin hcl and weight gain content marketing agency toprol xl recall erection pills reviews cialis with dapoxetine reviews nootropil 800 information number beconase nasal spray coupon usa online antibiotics lexapro online ampicilina mexapin viagra reviews young men search http highlandview cymbalta avapro generic name sotalol 80 mg trileptal depression topamax and alcoholism treatment sildenafil 100mg kaufen tofranil drug uses sertraline hcl 50 mg tab ketorolac ophthalmic solution 5ml top rated generic cialis revatio for erectile dysfunction
Home Pete Toms The Fight for Rights: Sports and Digital Content

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 1259 guests online

Atom RSS

The Fight for Rights: Sports and Digital Content PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 21
PoorBest 
Pete Toms Article Archive
Written by Pete Toms   
Sunday, 05 April 2009 23:42

Biz of Baseball OriginalIn December, Biz of Baseball reported on the increasing number of media properties and platforms that are competing for MLB programming. The report discussed that amongst the competing groups are some of the MLB owners themselves, particularly those with interests in lucrative RSNs. These owners have been lobbying for control of the local digital media rights of their own clubs, rights which are controlled by MLBAM. RSNs see great potential in these rights to supplement game broadcasts with shoulder programming, VOD and interactive TV in addition to boosting broadband offerings.

Meanwhile, MLB and the other “stick and ball” leagues are in different stages of launching live streaming of in-market games. This issue has generated much consternation within the leagues as they attempt to balance the rapidly changing viewing habits of consumers in the “new media” age while simultaneously protecting very profitable partnerships with cable and broadcast TV. Live streaming of in-market games could also have substantial impact on revenue sharing and competitive balance in MLB. Perhaps most importantly, can professional sports prevent the growing number of peer to peer networks streaming pirated live video from making viewing of competitions “free” for fans?

Control of local digital rights has long been a contentious matter within MLB. In March 08, Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner told SportsBusiness Daily:

“BAM and its success is a remarkable business story. I am sure you have all heard what certain people on Wall Street think of its value, and we are all for increasing its value. At the same time, when we acquired the rights to the Red Sox, we believed that we were acquiring the video and radio rights for games in our own territory. So there is some tension.”

"As everybody knows, there is a stalemate right now … in terms of in-market streaming," Werner said. "In-market streaming is good for the customer. But from our point of view, it has to be done in conjunction with our RSN and our affiliates, such as Comcast and Time Warner, in such a way that the product being offered to the consumer is complementary rather than competitive with the games that are on satelite and cable."

SBJ reported in September:

MLB Advanced Media, which manages the interactive rights for all 30 clubs and acts as a key source of revenue sharing for the industry, has for years successfully sold live streaming of games through its MLB.TV out-of-market package, a product that applies local-market blackouts like its TV counterpart, Extra Innings.

But a group of clubs, including the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, have been pushing hard for changes to MLB policy to allow for in-market streaming as a means to supplement coverage on club-owned regional sports networks.

[...]

“This is all a very, very complicated matter,” said one club official. “Who really has these [digital] rights and how do we best bring them to the marketplace? That’s the big question. And though we’re in sort of a holding pattern right now, it’s no doubt the single biggest economic issue our industry is facing.”

Maury Brown wrote in September:

“MLB Advanced Media, the highly successful, centralized digital wing of MLB, has done exceptionally well selling MLB.TV, the online counterpart to MLB Extra Innings, the MLB out of market package. But some clubs are looking to gain extra revenues at the local level without having to deal with revenue sharing.”

Select Read More to see the rest of this original article

 After a failed effort last season to form a partnership between MLBAM and CSN Chicago (a Comcast RSN owned in part by the Cubs and White Sox), which would have resulted in live streaming of Cubs and White Sox games on the CSN Chicago website, MLBAM recently finalized a deal with Yankees owned RSN YES. The BAM / YES partnership does not allow for in-market live streaming of Yankees games but it does signal that BAM remains committed to working with club owned RSNs. From the SBJ report:

The YES Network this week plans to relaunch its Web site, with the enhanced online presence influenced significantly by a new three-year agreement with MLB Advanced Media.

While there is no leaguewide agreement yet on live in-market streaming of games — an issue that has been actively debated within baseball for several years — YES’s moves are emblematic of regional sports networks seeking to maximize their online profiles within the current framework.

The new-look yesnetwork.com will feature three video highlights per game, up from two in the prior accord with MLBAM; a new design that resembles MLB.com and the Yankees.com team site.

Lee H. Berke, president and CEO of LHB Sports, Entertainment & Media Inc, specializes “in helping sports organizations become content providers”. In a recent SBJ editorial, Mr. Berke articulated his vision of the RSN as an integral part of more comprehensive regional media networks.

MSG, NESN, FSN, YES — each of these regional sports networks is a milestone in the evolution of regional media. Fueled by the seemingly limitless viewing demands of hometown fans, these and other RSNs have expanded their scope of programming and increased in value to teams, media distributors and sponsors.

AND

Regional sports media networks are being developed to drive fan usage, sponsorship revenue and distributor fees across every conceivable media vehicle. Composed of three main dimensions — content, channels and connections — RSMNs provide structure to a range of team media platforms by pulling them together so that teams can increase integrated programming and sponsorship opportunities.

As the backbone for content, RSNs are a very important part of the RSMN structure. The presence of a 24/7 linear channel that can include games, shoulder programming and other events and activities from team venues remains critical to any major league team’s media success.

Tom Van Riper of Forbes recently discussed the state of affairs at MLBAM with President and CEO Bob Bowman. Mr. Bowman indicated that BAM will continue to pursue the same model proposed in the dormant CSN Chicago partnership, where only subscribers to the cable channel can access the in-market live streaming of games via geo-blocking technology.  

The next hurdle: offering live games in fans' home markets. With lucrative local cable deals driving so much team revenue, MLB has restricted web viewing to out-of-market games, targeting the displaced fan looking to see his favorite team from another city. But Bowman figures fans are just about at the point of expecting content on the web and television alike. The plan is to make in-market games available only to area cable subscribers. For example, only the Yankee fan subscribing to the YES Network would be able to see a game from his laptop on MLB.com while commuting or traveling. He hopes to unveil the service in some cities before the 2009 season ends.

The future value of MLB’s digital media and who controls those assets could significantly impact revenue disparities and competitive balance. How revenues from the seemingly imminent live in-market streaming of games is shared (or not) is an issue that MLB has yet to resolve.

From the aforementioned Forbes report on BAM, Tom Van Riper foresees the migration of baseball viewers to the web as a future boost to small markets.

The biggest potential beneficiaries of MLB's growing reliance on Web dollars: Baseball's small market clubs. Unlike local cable television, which creates revenue disparities as each club makes its own deal, all online revenue is shared equally. So far, the dollars aren't big enough to teams like Pittsburgh and Kansas City. But if continued growth brings it to 20% or more of total league revenue, which sports business experts think is possible, those small market clubs will be rejoicing.

Shawn Hoffman reacted to the Forbes report, questioning if large market owners will revolt against the aggregating of digital media revenue via BAM.  

Imagine if all local television revenue was pooled together; this is what MLB is doing with local digital rights, which will inevitably be more lucrative than TV rights at some point in the future……The question is, will this setup even be tenable once local digital rights become a huge source of revenue? This might end up being the next major source of class warfare in baseball…

MLB has been the most active of the “big four” in streaming live games online. BAM’s out of market offering MLB.TV launched in 2002. The other “big four” leagues have been more cautious in making games available on the web. The NFL, the league most dependent on TV revenue ($3 billion per season), last season made live games available over the web for the first time. NBC’s prime time slate of games was streamed live at NBCSports.com and NFL.com. The NFL had long been hesitant to make games available online, fearing it would cannibalize the broadcast TV audience and antagonize local affiliates and cable operators.

The NHL is the most aggressive of the “big four” on the web, not surprising given the relatively small value of their broadcast TV deals. The NHL believes that their fan base are avid consumers of new media and see it as key in the continued evolution of their league in to a media company. Notwithstanding, control of digital media has been a source of division between at least one club and the league itself. The league recently settled a two year long legal battle with MSG (owner of the New York Rangers) over control of the Rangers’ web site. The dispute became so rancorous that the league threatened to suspend or terminate MSG’s ownership of their hockey club. While the lawsuit has been settled outside the courts, the fundamental questions it raised are likely to be disputed again, if not in the NHL, in another league. SBJ reported on the resolution of the lawsuit:

At the time of its filing and through much of its preliminary phases, the lawsuit had been eyed as a likely bellwether case in the future of league-owned and controlled digital media. More broadly, the dispute also appeared to act as an important litmus test on the centralization of many business functions in American sports leagues that the NHL argued leads to improved revenue, but which Dolan believes hurt his ability to market locally.

The league that all others are monitoring as they adjust to the “new media” era, is the NBA. Unlike the other of the “big four” who manage their digital media “in house”, the NBA relies on TV broadcast partner Turner Sports to manage the league’s digital operations. Adam Silver, NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO, said upon the announcement of the expanded partnership in January:

“We think the best way to optimize our suite of digital and television assets in the U.S. is with a media company that can provide us with the scale, expertise and resources to enhance and grow these properties.”

Along with outsourcing control of digital media at the league level, the NBA is the first of the “big four” to relinquish management of local digital media to the individual clubs. From Forbes:

While most sports leagues are obsessed with controlling digital rights to their games, the NBA thinks it has a different answer, one that could radically change the way fans tune in to basketball and, in time, all other professional sports in America.

Beginning next season, the league, along with its media partner, Turner Sports, plans to put digital rights for live games into the hands of its 30 teams, according to Commissioner David Stern. That would make the NBA the first major sports league to largely de-centralize its Web operation.

SBJ reported on the NBA’s radical decision, noting that deals with MSOs and sat providers need to be negotiated before the in-market live streaming of games becomes a reality.

The NBA is about to become the first professional sports league in America to allow regional sports networks to control local digital rights, a sign that the league believes that teams and their media partners are better suited to delivering digital content locally than the league office.

[…]

Executives with the regional sports networks believe they will have a hard time recouping that money, especially since cable and satellite operators are looking to take a significant cut of all live streaming revenue. The regional sports networks still have to negotiate with cable and satellite operators over how to roll out these services, because their contracts prohibit live game streaming.

While the “big four” continue to formulate and implement the details of their digital media strategies, the subscription based model for live streaming of games will likely be the industry norm. However, just as the newspaper and music industries have floundered in their attempts to adapt their business models to the digital age, professional sports fears the “piracy of live video streams using peer-to-peer technologies”.

Several major U.S. sports properties, including the NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA, and major media outlets including Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and NBC Universal, have organized under the leadership of MLBAM to form The Sports Coalition, a group that is pressing government trade and intellectual property officials for more stringent trade policy with regard to piracy.

AND

“In 2008, online live game telecast piracy went up in spite of notable enforcement successes,” said Michael Mellis, MLBAM senior vice president and general counsel. MLBAM documented more than 5,000 incidents last season of live MLB games being pirated online, a sharp rise from the 3,200 seen during 2007.

The enormous popularity of MMOD and the Beijing Olympics at NBCOlympics.com is evidence that  sports fans will view competitions online in vast numbers. The increasing ubiquity of “smart” hand held computing devices is likely to intensify the demand for sports content online. Professional sports has flourished both in terms of mass consumption and generating revenues during the TV age. In the contemporary era of audience fragmentation, internet, video games and DVRs, professional sports has retained (if not increased) its value to cable and over the air broadcasters, being one of the last media properties generating mass audiences that advertisers will pay great sums to reach. Will the “stick and ball” leagues successfully adapt their business models to the digital age or will their current broadcast models become as irrelevant and antiquated as paying for music?  

BUSINESS OF SPORTS NETWORK FEATURE ARTICLE:

Business of Sports Network – Focus on the 2009 MLB Season

 


 

Pete Toms is an author for The Biz of Baseball and a staff member of the Business of Sports Network. He can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?