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Should Extra Innings Be Free To MLB Fans In 2020?

“Flooding TV with baseball may also be a smart play in the current economic climate according to Traina.”

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There are a lot of people that are re-evaluating their relationship with Major League Baseball right now. The fighting and feet-dragging that caused the 2020 season to consist of a mere 60 games has turned off a lot of lifelong fans. Maybe some of the new innovations and the urgency will draw new eyeballs to the league, but Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina has an idea to ensure that happens: give away as much free baseball as possible.

In his “Extra Mustard” column on Thursday, Traina writes that the best thing Major League Baseball could do for fans in 2020 is to make its Extra Innings package free. “Lift all TV/radio/app restrictions and make everything free for this fake season,” he writes.

Major League Baseball is facing another sticking point in its return. While that league is just starting its season, the NBA and NHL will be entering their stretch runs to the playoffs. Add to that the looming football season, and even with an added sense of urgency, it is possible baseball falls through the cracks with a lot of viewers.

Flooding TV with baseball may also be a smart play in the current economic climate according to Traina.

“You have a massive number of people who are unemployed right now. Take all the positive PR you can get and do this.”

Echoing a sentiment that many baseball fans have expressed as soon as it became clear we weren’t going to see teams playing 162 game schedules, Traina says that 2020 “is not a real season.” Clearly a seam-head, Traina complains about the short schedule and new rules meant to speed up the games. Baseball diehard or not, Traina says it is obvious what the fair thing to do for the fans this season is.

“Don’t charge full price–or any price–for access to these games.”

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FOX Ends MLB Regular Season Coverage With Highest Audience of Season

FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves).

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FOX’s regular season coverage of MLB ended so strongly that it featured the best Saturday night baseball telecast on the network all season.

FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves). The Mets-Braves series was a battle of two teams trying to win the National League East division.

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ESPN Unveils New NBA Graphics Package, Theme Song

The network unveiled a new scorebug, with colors for each team corresponding to what uniform they are wearing.

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As ESPN prepares for the upcoming NBA season, the network unveiled a new graphics package and theme song Tuesday.

The network unveiled a new scorebug, with colors for each team corresponding to what uniform they are wearing.

“Leading creative initiatives like this one are exactly what we envisioned when we created ESPN’s groundbreaking in-house Creative Studio almost two years ago,” said Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu, Vice President, ESPN Creative Studio. “We take sports from game to experience. It takes a dynamic collective of creative capabilities and storytellers to make fans feel like they are part of the game.”

“Like everything involving the NBA on ESPN, this has been a total team effort,” said Tim Corrigan, Vice President, Production. “We were thrilled to collaborate with our ESPN Creative Studio group to bring this new look and feel to life. It’s big, bold and contemporary and we can’t wait for fans to see it.”

The network has also unveiled new theme music for the upcoming season.

ESPN partnered with Made Music Studios for “the next evolution” of the NBA on ESPN’s sound.  The network says “Made Music created a hip hop-based concept with the power and energy synonymous with ESPN’s NBA Productions”.

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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.

Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”

Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.

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