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MARINERS REACH DEAL TO BROADCAST GAME LIVE ON ESPNET
Published August 31, 1995
The Mariners games against the Yankees on September 5-6 will provide the first live broadcast of a MLB game over the World Wide Web. Subscribers of ESPNET SportsZone will be able to follow the action and hear live play-by-play reports by Mariners announces. The Mariners reached the deal with KIRO Newsradio 710, ESPNET partner Starwave and Progressive Network (Mariners). Baseball's presence on the Web is examined by Tom Watson in the current BASEBALL WEEKLY. Kevin Mason, financial analyst for the Mariners, the first team on the web last year, said "in internet terms, we are doing very well." Mason estimates between 750 and 800 people visit the site each day and the "number of hits is growing steadily." The team ran an on-line survey on a new ballpark and received 750 complete responses in 10 days. The Blue Jays have had 60,000 hits on their home page since it went up in late April (BASEBALL WEEKLY, 9/5 issue).