MLB Advanced Media, the digital rights arm of Major League Baseball, has been a lucrative revenue stream for baseball, filling the leagueâ€™s (and each of the 30 owners) coffers with a steady flow of dependable cash. One of the key reasons â€“ maybe the biggest â€“ is that they are seen as the industry standard for video online.
So, while you may be scratching your head asking what right-wing politics and baseball have in common, itâ€™s all about the streaming video platform.
Glenn Beck is moving from FOX to his own online network called GBTV. Itâ€™s a daring move â€“ going all online â€“ but Beck is gambling that as the adoption of streaming video online becomes more common place (see Netflix, as an example), paying for streaming content will become the norm.
To support what Beckâ€™s Mercury Radio Arts company has in mind, they have brought in MLBAM to stream the shows. With more than 20 sports and entertainment brands in BAMâ€™s portfolio, including ESPN3.com, CBSSports.com, March Madness on Demand, TigerWoods.com, along with MLB.com, itâ€™s a natural fit if you want to have a robust, scalable platform.
Before baseball fans think that MLB is full of right-wingers, they should think again. In an article we published 2007 (see Money, Politics, and MLB's Political Action Committee), we found that baseball owners are virtually split down the middle between Republican and Democratic donations.
What is happening is MLBAMâ€™s reputation of being able to have the backend infrastructure, white label services, operational support and mobile app development that has helped serve millions of streaming game views each year for MLB, works as one nice calling card to whoever wishes to reach a large audience on the webâ€¦. fringe politics, or not.
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