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Volume 26 No. 59
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MLB Partners With Mitel To Standardize Communication Tools

MLB will standardize its dugout, bullpen and video room communications through a multiyear partnership announced this morning with Ottawa-based technology company Mitel. The deal will create a unified system for telephone connections among dugouts, bullpens, video replay rooms and press boxes at all 30 MLB ballparks, with installations expected to be done in time for Opening Day next month. The league also will gain the ability to record and monitor all communications on the phone lines for compliance with MLB rules, such as the prohibition on electronics-based stealing of signs, and the new phone system eliminates any ballpark-specific network variances. Mitel CMO Wes Durow said MLB has designed a "private network that they will have control of end to end.”

Financial terms were not disclosed. Mitel will be the presenting sponsor of league-wide instant replay reviews, and it becomes the league’s official business technology and communications partner. Mitel has existing club partnerships with the Red Sox, Padres and Giants.