DirecTV Deal Dead, MLB Signs Deal with Cable TV?
Well, baseball had backtracked from the DirecTV deal, and finally come to a seven-year agreement with iN Demand for the cable provider to offer its Extra Innings package to cable operators across the country.
After negotiations that went into extra innings, baseball struck a deal to keep its "Extra Innings" package of out-of-market games on cable television.
Under pressure from Sen. John Kerry, baseball and iN Demand reached an agreement in principle Wednesday on a seven-year contract, a deal that likely will allow the sport's new TV network to be available in at least 40 million homes when it launches in 2009.
Baseball announced an exclusive seven-year, $700 million agreement with DirecTV on March 8, but viewers who would have lost TV access to the games complained.
"The concern expressed by our fans who would have been forced to switch to alternative carriers or were unable to switch was something we tried to be responsive to," baseball chief operating officer Bob DuPuy said.
Well, can you agreed to the deal on cable because of backlash from customers? Just keep it real?Bonds Hits Number 735?
Bonds moved a step closer to Hank Aaron's home run record Wednesday night, hitting his 735th in a 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.
Jackie Robinson?s Birthday?
Well, Major League Baseball along with the Los Angeles Dodgers will be celebrating Jackie Robinson?s birthday on April 15th. On Sunday on the 15th, every player on the Los Angeles Dodgers will wear number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.
The game will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Robinson becoming the first African-American player to appear in a big league game. Each of the 15 games played on April 15th will have festivities to honor Robinson. The ceremony held at Dodger Stadium will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00pm ET as well as on XM Satellite Radio.
As well, Ken Griffey will wear 42 that Sunday.