• M’s Vs. A’s In Japan – But Not On TV

    Posted by on March 28th, 2012 · Comments (7)

    Steven Resnick: MLB Strikes Out By Not Televising The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners Series

    I have to a agree. Between the repeats on the MLB Network this AM and the crap on ESPN’s extra channels (outside of Mike & Mike), there’s no excuse not to have these games on TV.

    If the games are THAT boring and unattractive to have on live TV in the States, then it makess no sense to have them played.

    Comments on M’s Vs. A’s In Japan – But Not On TV

    1. MJ Recanati
      March 28th, 2012 | 11:34 am

      Couldn’t agree more, Steve. I assumed the game would be televised so I flipped to ESPN when I woke up. Nope, Sportscenter was on. ESPN2? No such luck, as Mike & Mike were yukking it up from some golf course in Houston. MLB Network? Surely they must’ve been carrying the first official game of the regular season. Wrong again.

      Bud Selig proves again and again that he’s as big a buffoon as there’s ever been in the commissioner’s office. It’s amazing that owners keep on extending his contract and ponying up big, fat $18M paychecks to a dummy that can’t even get basic Promotion 101 right. Baseball is in great shape economically but it’s in spite of Selig, not because of him.

    2. March 28th, 2012 | 12:00 pm

      I would bet that the games were on TV in Japan.

      Would it have killed the MLB Network to pick up that video feed and then have two guys in the studio in NJ do the play by play and commentary?

      That would have been the cheap way out. But, it would have been better than showing a replay of the Mets 30 in 30 show which is what they had on at 6:30 AM when I peeked.

    3. MJ Recanati
      March 28th, 2012 | 12:40 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Would it have killed the MLB Network to pick up that video feed and then have two guys in the studio in NJ do the play by play and commentary?

      Exactly. No reason why they couldn’t have done it this way.

      If MLB is too cheap to cough up for the up-front production costs of getting a team to Japan to broadcast the game then they should’ve just told their broadcast team that bagels and coffee were on the house if they’d be willing to wake up at 5am for an early broadcast that they could’ve replayed again at 1pm and 7pm.

    4. Raf
      March 28th, 2012 | 5:44 pm

      Yankees fans would’ve tuned in to see Montero :p

      Seriously, dumb move by Selig. No reason they couldn’t have`gone with the ideas previously mentioned.

      If it means that much, then send a “premium” franchise to Japan.

    5. MJ Recanati
      March 29th, 2012 | 8:36 am

      The funniest thing of all is that today’s game was televised on MLB Network. I watched a few innings of Bartolo Colon looking dominant, saw Yoenis Cespedes take a hideous swing that resulted in a HR and saw former Red Sox OF Josh Reddick take an equally hideous swing that also landed in the seats.

      So if today’s game was worth televising, why wasn’t yesterday’s game worth televising? Bud Selig is an abject moron.

    6. March 29th, 2012 | 9:34 am

      It makes no sense.
      I wonder if there’s more to this story than we know?

    7. MJ Recanati
      March 29th, 2012 | 9:49 am

      @ Steve L.:
      I have no idea but I hope so because then at least there’s an explanation for why yesterday’s game wasn’t televised (beyond simple stupidity on MLB’s part).

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