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June 8, 2019

Recommended Reading: The music streaming payday won’t go to artists

The record industry expects a windfall. Where will the money go? Marc Hogan, Pitchfork

It’s no secret the music industry is booming on the back of streaming services. However, it seems like not much will change in terms of where all the money goes…

 
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April 30, 2019

YouTube snags 13 exclusive MLB games this season

According to a report today by Variety, Google has just made a deal with Major League Baseball to offer 13 games from the 2nd half of the 2019 season on YouTube. The games will even be exclusives to YouTube in the US/Puerto Rico and Canada. Fret not sports fans, they’ll be aired for free via the MLB YouTube account, as well as a dedicated channel via YouTube TV.

Precise dates and details for which games and when aren’t known yet. The games will include pre- and post-game content, and some popular YouTube creators will be participating in the broadcasts via an undisclosed means.

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April 30, 2019

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.

The company says the schedule of the games and dates will be announced in a few weeks’ time, but will include 13 games that will be exclusively available to viewers in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico for free on the MLB YouTube [...]

 
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April 8, 2019

A new study of MLB pitch calls makes a strong case for robotic umpires

Boston University grad students analyzed more than four million pitches from 11 seasons of Major League Baseball (2008-2018), and the findings aren’t great for human umpires. According to the study, umps made 34,294 incorrect ball and strike calls in 2018. That works out to 14 blown calls per game and 1.6 per inning.

It’s not a huge number, compared to the 162 games each of the league’s 30 teams play in a given regular season, but it’s enough to give pause — and to confirm the suspicions that many irate spectators have had for years.

The study notes that the average age of MLB umps is 46, with with an average of 13 years’ experience. Each season, [...]

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