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Extra Innings negotiations go well into extra innings
2007-04-03 09:29
by Bob Timmermann

Except this won't end up with any free baseball.

The negotiations between MLB and INDemand and Dish Network over the rights to carry the MLB Extra Innings package are proceeding despite the fact that the March 31 deadline has passed and no deadline exists now, Maury Brown reports on his Business of Baseball Blog.

According to Brown, the sticking point appears to be how much of an equity share INDemand and Dish Network would get in the MLB television channel.


2007-04-03 09:41:22
1.   mehmattski
I heard that Bud Selig feels that setting a deadline just gives the terrorists a reason to "wait us out."
2007-04-03 09:43:37
2.   Bob Timmermann
I hear that the terrorists really like watching NESN.
2007-04-03 09:53:30
3.   dianagramr
Wait ... I thought MLB and MLBAM were the terrorists ...
2007-04-03 10:00:23
4.   Bob Timmermann
Actually, I'm far more upset over what MLBAM did with Gameday than anything else.

Even if INDemand gets Extra Innings back, I think I will skip it this year. I think I need to get the time back in my life.

Or at least I say that now.

2007-04-03 11:40:43
5.   rbj
If INDemand doesn't get Extra Innings, then the terrorists have won.

2 The NESN announcers aren't too bad, much better than Rod Allen for the Tigers, or the WS announcers. Hawk Harrelson should be banned under the Geneva Convention.

2007-04-03 12:19:10
6.   Bama Yankee
5 If we sent Hawk Harrelson, Tim McCarver and Joe Morgan over to broadcast the war in Iraq on ISPN (Insurgents and Supporters Programming Network), then the terrorists would surrender posthaste. Of course, then we would be accused of torturing our enemies...
2007-04-03 12:19:55
7.   DXMachina
NESN was better when Sean McDonough was the lead announcer. Harrelson actually was a Red Sox announcer back in the seventies.
2007-04-03 12:28:31
8.   Bama Yankee
Harrelson also invented the batting glove.
2007-04-03 12:31:47
9.   rbj
6 Heh.
2007-04-03 12:43:12
10.   Bama Yankee
and then there's this infamous picture of Hawk Harrelson:

I really can't stand that guy's announcing. But faced with the possiblity of not getting the EI package this year, I am even starting to miss those awful announcing teams. I guess you don't know how much you miss someone until "HE GONE"...


2007-04-03 12:49:36
11.   trainwreck
I just want to the watch the Dodgers. So as long as they have it ready by June, then it should not be so bad.
2007-04-04 09:09:36
12.   rbj
10 Wow, Bama. What is that thing around his neck?

And since Hawk does White Sox games, you'll get a "good" dose of him on WGN. Sadly, I won't be able to come home late and catch the last few innings of Colorado at Arizon.

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