Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue May 3 20:51:31 UTC 2011

When did MLB Baseball issue this irade, forge this fatwa?  I recall
seeing redacted rebroadcasts of Red Sox games on NESN fairly
recently.  "Fairly recently" = ?


At 5/3/2011 04:13 PM, victor steinbok wrote:
>I forgot if this was one of the things mentioned in all the previous
>discussions--and I don't mean just the latest part of the thread. But AFAIK
>there is a second shade of "in real time"--not just "as it happened" (in
>fact, I see a flaw in this particular phrasing--perhaps, "as the events
>unfolded" as if one were a remote observer and participant at the same
>time), but "the entire thing". For example, MLB changed broadcasting rules
>to make all baseball games broadcast in their recorded entirety (possibly
>replacing some of the commercials). This came about after a Seattle TV
>station broadcast a Mariners game because it was initially scheduled for the
>same time slot as IIRC basketball playoffs (perhaps even conflicting on the
>same channel). The station took the broadcast and pared it down to only bits
>that showed when something was actually happening--a lot like soccer game
>summaries on FoxSoccerChannel, where a 90 minute game could be compressed
>into under 25 minutes. In the case of the Mariners, the came went from over
>3 hours to about 45 minutes, including commercial breaks. The next day, MLB
>issued its edict that basically said, "Don't do it again!", with a formal
>rule coming a bit later. In this case, MLB wants game to be broadcast "in
>real time"--that is, the entire broadcast, from beginning to end. This is
>why you often see re-broadcasts of games on cable channels that are
>unnecessarily long-winded and sometimes even include rain delays. In fact,
>when I come across some of these games (including ESPN rebroadcasts of other
>sports), they often replay the entire commercials as they were shown in the
>original broadcast. Even the ticker is the same. Of course, the irony of
>using this as "in real time" means that it's not a "as it happens"
>broadcast. For example, a delayed broadcast (for whatever reason) is "in
>real time" but not "live".

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