Baseball is coming back: Dates, locations and how to watch MLB’s return (CNET)

CNET: Baseball is coming back: Dates, locations and how to watch MLB’s return. “After the coronavirus postponed the start of the baseball season, and shut down nearly everything else, baseball is finally set to return with a 60 game season mandated by Commissioner Rob Manfred. Negotiations between the league and the MLB Players Association haven’t been pretty, with weeks of back-and-forth proposals that played out in the media without reaching a resolution before a season was finally imposed. Even now, a handful of players including the Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman have announced they’re sitting out the shortened season and more might follow. There is still a lot to be sorted before the first pitches are thrown, but here’s everything we know so far about the MLB’s eagerly awaited start.”

Techdirt: Why Is MLB Claiming Revenue From Obviously Fair Use Videos On YouTube?

Techdirt: Why Is MLB Claiming Revenue From Obviously Fair Use Videos On YouTube?. “Nearly a decade ago, we wrote a bunch about an excellent book called Copyfraud, by law professor Jason Mazzone, which went into great detail about how the legacy entertainment industry companies have used copyright in ways that are clearly against copyright’s intent — to the point that they border on fraud. The concept of copyfraud should be referred to more frequently, and here’s a perfect example.”

TechCrunch: MLB to exclusively stream 13 live games to YouTube & YouTube TV

TechCrunch: MLB to exclusively stream 13 live games to YouTube & YouTube TV. “YouTube today announced a new partnership with the MLB which will allow the site to exclusively live-stream 13 MLB games to both YouTube and YouTube TV during the second half of the regular baseball season. While YouTube TV had previously partnered with MLB — it’s currently serving as the presenting partner for the World Series, for example — this is YouTube’s first-ever exclusive live-game partnership with the league.”

Engadget: Facebook will only stream six MLB games this season

Engadget: Facebook will only stream six MLB games this season. “Facebook will broadcast live Major League Baseball games once again this season. However, it will offer far fewer games than last year. Under the latest one-year deal, Facebook will stream six non-exclusive games on Watch, one per month during the regular season. That’s a big step down from the 25 exclusive games Facebook aired last year.”

New Online: Branch Rickey Scouting Reports (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: Branch Rickey Scouting Reports. “Opening day for Major League Baseball took place last week, on March 29—the earliest opening date in MLB history, excepting for special international events. This year’s opening day also marked the first time in 50 years that a full slate of games was scheduled for the first day. The Library of Congress is marking the beginning of the 2018 season by posting a series of scouting reports compiled by Branch Rickey (1881–1965), a former player, manager and baseball executive, best known as the man responsible for bringing Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball in 1947, thereby breaking baseball’s long-established color barrier.”

PC World: How to watch Major League Baseball online

PC World: How to watch Major League Baseball online
. “Major League Baseball has always presented the biggest hurdle for sports-loving cable-cutters. Unlike the NFL, which still airs the bulk of its games on broadcast TV channels, MLB is a predominantly cable league. Of the six networks hosting nationally aired games over the 2018 season, only Fox can be accessed over the air.”

CNET: Facebook gets exclusive rights to stream 25 MLB games

CNET: Facebook gets exclusive rights to stream 25 MLB games. “Facebook wants baseball fans to turn off their TVs and instead log on to its social network. The company said Friday it signed a deal with Major League Baseball to exclusively stream 25 games this season on Facebook. It’s the first time the social network has gotten access to games from a major sports league that won’t be shown on TV or anywhere else. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.”

New York Times: Baseball Challenged by Social Media Accusations of Domestic Violence

New York Times: Baseball Challenged by Social Media Accusations of Domestic Violence. “When Major League Baseball began two domestic-violence investigations last month, allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Derek Norris did not come from the usual source — a police report, or video, or court testimony. Instead, they came from social media.”

Twitter Adds Even MORE Sports Livestreaming (NHL, MLB)

Good grief, MORE WITH THE TWITTER AND THE SPORTS! “Twitter is expanding its live sports plans, with weekly, livestreamed games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. The livestreams will be available for free to out-of-market viewers, whether they’re logged into Twitter or not. Twitter is also announcing a new nightly sports highlights show called The Rally, produced by mobile video company 120 Sports.”