Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Tue May 3 20:55:53 UTC 2011

Those are replays of an earlier game. They do it for the NY teams also,
with program names like "Mets in 60".

On 5/3/11 4:51 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> 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" = ?
> Joel
> 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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