MLB: We don’t cotton to that there internet thang…

Quick! Think of another organization more prone to stupid decisions and shooting itself in the foot than Major League Baseball.

Can’t do it, can ya?

It’s getting such that every word out of their official mouths sounds like it came from the mind of Jethro Bodine.

The latest one (or at least the latest I’ve heard) is that they are telling Slingbox owners that their device is illegal. Now, I don’t own one of these nifty devices that let you view your TV from anywhere you have an internet connection, but give me a break. MLB says that just because you now have the ability to watch cable that you paid for on your own television set remotely, you’re violating the team’s right to its content. Not quite as stupid as telling people they own the rights to baseball statistics, but pretty close.

If I were still the road warrior I once was, I would definitely be inclined to get one of these doohickeys. How can MLB look at some truck driver a thousand miles from home and tell him he can’t watch his home team broadcast on the cable TV he paid for using his mobile phone that he paid for via internet access that he paid for? (“Nein! You must vatch zee game in your own lazy boys! Remote access ist verboten!”)

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4 Responses to MLB: We don’t cotton to that there internet thang…

  1. Scott says:

    The NHL is about as bad, trust me.

  2. buzz says:

    Are you serious? I hadn’t heard that one yet. That’s the dumbest thing that I’ve heard all week (and you should hear some of the people where I work!)!

  3. Pete B says:

    Hows it going man?? Not writing for the newspaper anymore

  4. Ric the Schmuck says:

    Thing is, how do they know? I mean, you hook up your Slingbox (and they are way cool) and it re-routs your video back thru the internets to you.
    I don’t get how MLB can possibly track it.

    ‘course, there are many things I don’t get.

    Nice to see you’re alive and all that.

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