In olden times, l would not have reported this until I had gotten official comments from both sides and fleshed out every last detail. But I have to tell you about this right now, because I know the basics are true and because I want to say I was the first person in North America to report it - as far as I know:
It is my understanding that Major League Baseball has told ESPN it will not be allowed to do its customary special set at the All-Star Game for its SportsCenter crew beyond having a reporter on the scene as any other TV outlet can. (ESPN still will televise the Home Run Derby Monday night with its full team as well as do an episode of Baseball Tonight from San Francisco on Tuesday.)
The move is punishment for ESPN having reported the all-star selections Sunday afternoon even as TBS was doing so with a special show for which it had acquired rights. ESPN violated the embargo, presumably on the theory that various media types already had their hands on the information and it did not want its viewers to be left out.
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