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Ticked-Off MLB Limits ESPN Presence at All-Star Game

Postby bigh0rt » Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:44 pm

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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Re: Ticked-Off MLB Limits ESPN Presence at All-Star Game

Postby byfrcp » Thu Jul 05, 2007 6:52 pm

Ehhhh . . . If MLB didn't want other outlets reporting the All-Stars before the TBS Special, why did they give out who was on the team?
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Re: Ticked-Off MLB Limits ESPN Presence at All-Star Game

Postby acsguitar » Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:14 pm

More annoying lame media conglomerate?

MLB or ESPN.

Man this is a tough one. Its like seeing whitney houston and bobby brown argue. You really don't know which side to take
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Re: Ticked-Off MLB Limits ESPN Presence at All-Star Game

Postby Art Vandelay » Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:34 pm

byfrcp wrote:Ehhhh . . . If MLB didn't want other outlets reporting the All-Stars before the TBS Special, why did they give out who was on the team?


It's common practice to send embargoed info out before it's set to be released. It's essentially a courtesy that MLB was providing to ESPN (and I'm sure some other outlets) so that they could get their programming ready to air as soon as the embargo was up. It's extremely unprofessional to do what ESPN did (assuming that it is true), but since ESPN is such a big player in the sports media, I doubt there will be any punishment beyond that which the article describes.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:06 pm

I find this terrifically hilarious for some reason. :-b
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Postby zevon » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:22 pm

Big Pimpin wrote:I find this terrifically hilarious for some reason. :-b


The thing I find strange is that TBS gets the special over Fox or ESPN in the first place.
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Postby Art Vandelay » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:46 am

zevon wrote:The thing I find strange is that TBS gets the special over Fox or ESPN in the first place.


It's not as if they are giving TBS special treatment, it's all about money.
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Re: Ticked-Off MLB Limits ESPN Presence at All-Star Game

Postby RugbyD » Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:41 am

acsguitar wrote:More annoying lame media conglomerate?

MLB or ESPN.

Man this is a tough one. Its like seeing whitney houston and bobby brown argue. You really don't know which side to take

ESPN by far. Who is most 'now' athlete? who cares! lame waste of sportcenter.
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Re: Ticked-Off MLB Limits ESPN Presence at All-Star Game

Postby buffalobillsrul2002 » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:14 pm

I'm not surprised ESPN wanted to release the All-Star rosters so quickly; it's more important to them to be the first to report who's playing in an exhibition game than to actuallly show sports highlights. They've becomes the tabloids of sports, and it's sad really. And in my opinion, TBS actually does a good job of hosting the Braves games. I'm thrilled TBS is further immersing itself in baseball.....
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Postby CadensDad » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:24 pm

Kinda glad TBS is doing more with baseball, for years the Braves have been a great national broadcast day in and day out. They ahve great coverage and always seem to have decent size commercial breaks and what not. they do a lot of trivia and other things to tie in with the show. It's always fun.
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