Written by Maury Brown
Monday, 02 April 2007 02:59
The watch continues...
MLB's self-imposed deadline came and went at midnight on March 31st, and with that speculation as to whether MLB Extra Innings will be available on cable and DISH Networks continues. As The Biz of Baseball reported extensively through the weekend, the talks are on-going, and by all accounts, today will be the last day that any deal can be brokered to bring iN Demand and EchoStar's DISH Networks back into the picture.
The Sports Business Daily's "Morning Buzz" covers less than we are here at this time. The Sports Business Journal has not yet published its online edition for Monday, and it will remain to be seen whether any more details will be forthcoming there.
The Biz of Baseball will be glued to the news on this matter on what is now officially Opening Day.
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- UPDATE 2007-04-02 - 08:52:58 PDT: Multichannel News is reporting that, "A spokeswoman for In Demand said Rob Jacobson and other senior staff members continued talks on Sunday with MLB and the parties were still in engaged in discussions at presstime."
As of 4:25 p.m. [Monday], executives for the league and In Demand, which represents cable operators, were still hashing out a deal, In Demand spokeswoman Ellen Cooper said.
....With five MLB games completed and two other games in progress as of [Monday] afternoon, DirecTV remains the exclusive provider of Extra Innings this season. The package had previously been available on DirecTV rival EchoStar’s Dish Network, along with cable operators that obtained the games through In Demand.