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2K Sports Launches MLB2K7 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 February 2007 02:07

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2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), announced Tuesday that Major League Baseball® 2K7 is now available in stores across North America for the Xbox 360™ and Xbox® video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.

“Our development team has worked incredibly hard to deliver what we believe is the next generation standard for baseball video games,” said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “Baseball is a sport comprised of passionate fans who expect all the details to be spot-on, and with Major League Baseball 2K7, I believe that even the most pure of baseball purists will be pleased with what we’re giving them.”

Major League Baseball 2K7 sets the visual standard with Signature Style - over 300 unique player animations raise the level of authentic detail. Gamers will instantly recognize the unique pitching styles, batting rituals, and characteristic movements of their favorite MLB® players. Major League Baseball 2K7 offers a range of new replay camera perspectives showcasing the high quality of the next generation visuals, including camera shots outside ballparks, dynamic camera shots of highlight plays, unique camera angles of each batter at the plate and much more.

MLB2k& Major League Baseball 2K7 features the best collection of commentators assembled in any baseball video game. Featured studio commentators Jeanne Zelasko and Steve Physioc lend their talents in developing the storyline of the ballgame with team histories, player analysis, and entertaining comments before the first pitch of each game. When the players take to the field, the extraordinary voices of Jon Miller, partnered with Hall of Fame™ legend Joe Morgan, tell the tale of every pitch and at bat with remarkable insight, delightful humor, and the trademark style that has made this duo the best commentary team in the business.

Featuring New York Yankee captain and seven time All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter, Major League Baseball 2K7 is rated “E” for Everyone and is available now for the Xbox 360 and Xbox video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, for $59.99 and $29.99, respectively, the PLAYSTATION 3 system and PlayStation 2 system for $59.99 and $29.99 respectively and the PSP system for $29.99. Major League Baseball 2K7 for the Game Boy® Advance and the Nintendo DS™ will be released this spring.

For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com

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MASN and WJZ Ink Partnership Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 February 2007 08:10

MASNMid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and WJZ, Channel 13 have inked a multi-year deal (terms not disclosed) to simulcast 25 Orioles games on its broadcast station. The first game will air on April 6th. As reported by the Baltimore Business Journal:

On April 9, WJZ will present pre-game coverage of Opening Day and broadcast the home opener as the Orioles play the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. WJZ will also televise key home and away games throughout the season.

 
Questions of Exclusivity Surround DirecTV Deal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 23 February 2007 13:29

Extra InningsAfter traveling to Indianapolis for the Sports Management Worldwide Conference today, The Biz of Baseball is back on track with the following news...

The news of a pending announcement of MLB coming to an agreement with DirecTV to show Extra Innings exclusively was supposed to be announced today. Then word arrived late yesterday that the FCC has shown a keen interest in whether customers will have access to the MLB package for out-of-market games.

Friday, Richard Sandomir of the NY Times shed some more light on the deal, and why it had yet to be announced. As touched on yesterday, there is word that MLB maybe willing to relax the window of exclusivity on DirecTV, from 7 years to 3 years, to coincide with the launch of MLB's proposed 24-hour baseball-only channel. That may not be the case, or at least at the time of inking the deal. As reported on the NY Times:

Letting the exclusivity lapse after the 2009 season might have eased a bit of the outrage. And, potentially, it might have softened the guaranteed fulminations on Capitol Hill when baseball and DirecTV officials testify sometime soon before the Senate Commerce Committee.

But according to executives familiar with the agreement who were not authorized to speak about it, the exclusivity will not be relaxed, at least not when the deal is announced. If it is eventually eased, DirecTV would surely reduce its payments; a savvy strategy if it believes it has converted a significant number of new customers and reached a ceiling of Extra Innings buyers.

As to how cable and InDemand, the service that provides Extra Innings on cable, and EchoStar, DishNetwork's parent company are reacting, Sandomir further reports:

EchoStar, Dish’s parent, issued a tart statement Wednesday that railed against exclusive sports deals and called the proposed DirecTV-M.L.B. agreement a “dangerous step backward to an anti-competitive world.”

Three EchoStar publicists declined comment on whether Dish sought its own exclusive deal. A DirecTV spokesman said: “We view this as sour grapes coming from EchoStar and ironic considering that it too had opportunities and negotiations to secure the optimal deal for its own business interests.”

As mentioned within the article, the deal must be approved by the owners before fully implementing the deal. Many markets will be in a lurch due to agreements with cable operators such as Time Warner and Comcast. The Mets, White Sox, Padres and Phillies are cited as examples as clubs that would be impacted by the agreement.

As noted, MLB should have been able to ink this deal some time ago. Whether the FCC's sudden interest is part of the equation, or ownership discontent has any bearing on why the deal was not announced today, none of the principles in the deal would speak on record.

 

 
MASN Announces Broadcasters for Orioles & Nationals PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 February 2007 08:02

MASNMid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) announced their Orioles and Nationals broadcast teams for the upcoming 2007 season

For Orioles telecasts, ESPN veteran Gary Thorne will cover play-by-play for the Orioles games on MASN, sharing time with returning announcer Jim Hunter. Thorne joins a seasoned squad of Orioles broadcasters that includes Hunter, Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, Buck Martinez and 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey.

Amber Theoharis will be the Orioles sideline reporter.

Hosting the new O's Xtra pre-game and post-game shows will be Jim Hunter and Rick Dempsey, while Tom Davis will share hosting duties with Hunter.

For Nationals telecasts, Bob Carpenter is back to cover play-by-play duties, while Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton becomes the new Nationals color analyst.

Debbi Taylor will become the Nationals new sideline reporter.

Hosting the new Nats Xtra pre-game and post-game shows will be the 27-year broadcast veteran and "Voice of the Terps," Johnny Holliday. He will be joined in the studio by 1986 World Series MVP Ray Knight.

"MASN has assembled the strongest, smartest, most entertaining broadcasting team anywhere. Their knowledge of the game and their experience in the field will bring fans closer to the action as MASN provides unmatched access to the Nationals and Orioles," said MASN spokesman Todd Webster

 
Profile: Bob Bowman, President & CEO of MLBAM PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 February 2007 01:25

MLBEric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal publishes a profile on Bob Bowman, CEO and president of MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) this week (Score another for MLBAM). Fisher details how Bowman has taken the initial investment into MLB.com and made it into a revenue-making champion.

Started in 2000, MLB.com was funded by the clubs in an agreement that had them each investing $1 million a year over four years. The cost was targeted at $120 million. To the joy of the owners and MLB, the Website started generating excess revenue in only the second year of its existence, allowing them to invest only $70-$75 million before beginning to see a return on their investment. The company has now grown to more than $300 million in annual revenue and more than $70 million in EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization).

As further reported:

Bowman’s next wave of projects includes an effort to boost the quality of MLBAM’s video output through a new cacheing process that will roughly double the picture resolution of the online offerings this season.

The long-planned effort is well-timed as some fans will undoubtedly seek out MLBAM’s out-of-market game product, MLB.TV, due to a heavily debated shift of the TV counterpart, Extra Innings, to an exclusive deal with DirecTV.

The tough, relentless Bowman and MLBAM are also still battling with CDM Fantasy Sports in a legal fight surrounding fantasy sports licensing, with CDM’s victory in a federal court now being appealed. MLBAM and the MLB Players Association recently gained the formal support of a vast array of sports properties, with further movement on the case expected later this year
 
All Mets Games to be on HD Via Cablevision PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 February 2007 01:11
SportsNet NYJohn Ourand is reporting today on the Sports Business Daily that Cablevision plans to announce an agreement to carry 300 hours of SportsNet New York’s (SNY) HD channel per month, with all Mets games as part of the package. "The channel will be available to all Cablevision subscribers at channel 730 (channel 731 for Litchfield, Connecticut, residents)."
 
MASN To Show Nats and Orioles Spring Training Games PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 February 2007 06:59

MASNMASN will be providing more MLB content in March this year.

In its third year, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network yesterday announced an increase in the number of spring training telecasts for both the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles. As reported by the Washington Post:

MASN will broadcast eight Nationals games and seven Orioles games, including four between the two teams, for a total of 11 games. The first will be March 3, when the Orioles travel to the Nationals' spring home in Viera, Fla. The schedule concludes March 31, when the teams face each other at RFK Stadium in their final exhibitions before opening the season two days later.

The spring will also feature the debut of the Nationals' pre- and postgame shows, "Nats Xtra," on March 27, when the New York Mets play in Viera. "O's Xtra" debuts March 28, when Baltimore plays host to St. Louis in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The "Xtra" shows will be on before and after each regular season game.

 
Murcer hopes to return to work for YES PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 January 2007 10:09

YES NetworkBobby Mercer, who recently had surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor, hopes to be back in the broadcast booth at YES. As reported by the AP :

"I've been wanting to jump in here and let you all know how much your e-mails of good wishes have meant to me during the past few weeks," he said in a statement posted Wednesday on the Web sites of the team and the network.

"I never imagined this outpouring of support would come my way, but your prayers are doing more for my recovery than any medicine ever could," he said. "It's your steadfast spirit that keeps me feeling so optimistic, and I'm doing everything I can in an effort to see many of you back in Yankee Stadium on opening day."

Seeing Mercer back in action would be a great uplifting story. 

 
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