Originally Posted by Jpup
I don't see the point of all of this. Baseball survived over a hundred years without these stupid restrictions. It really is time for Bud to go. Does he not realize that he would make baseball more money if he just left well enough alone?
MLB has made a multi-million dollar investment in MLB Advanced Media. Most of the aforementioned rules are about giving MLBAM exclusivity online for its products. With these new rules, it is clear that MLB is not content to share the audience for baseball news, it intends to dominate
it. This is not about being friendly and playing well with bloggers. This is MLB trying to be Microsoft and be completely profit-driven. Like it or not, it's all
about making money.
Restrictions on recording audio and video from 45 minutes prior to a scheduled game until that game has concluded. This is unnecessarily restrictive, as news often develops in the time immediately preceding a game.
The NFL has placed similar restrictions on recording of game footage. I strongly suspect that the other new media rules are modeled on the NFL's rules. That's a good model to follow if you're trying to be Microsoft.
Remember, the money made by MLBAM is shared equally with all of the clubs. That's the kind of money that we fans of a small market team should embrace.