MLB HALTS INTERNET BROADCASTS UNTIL IT "SORTS OUT" A POLICY
MLB has issued "a ban" of live audio broadcasts via the
Internet while it "sorts out policies governing the matter,"
according to Peter Lewis of the SEATTLE TIMES. The ban,
which is "generally believed to be a temporary prohibition,"
went into effect Tuesday -- "though not universally" --
after MLBP asked all teams to refrain from broadcasting over
the Internet until MLB owners "consider a proposal to set
guidelines for such broadcasts." The decree prompted
Seattle's KIRO-AM to "pull the plug" on Tuesday's Mariners-
Indians cybercast, "which was met with virtually instant
online agitation." An MLB spokesperson could not be reached
for comment, but Mariners Dir of PR Dave Aust said draft
guidelines proposed to MLB owners "would enable clubs to
broadcast games over the Internet either at the club's own
Web site or through a radio-station site." Aust noted those
rules "haven't been approved yet" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/16).