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Re: Infinity Webcasting ban


the NHL and MLB now control internet broadcasts, the NFL is still trying
to play catch up. This is why WBZ is available on nhl.com in real audio
when the Bruins play.

On Mon, 9 Oct 2000, Howard Glazer wrote:

> A couple of nagging questions: How can MLB and the NHL work out an
> exception to the Infinity Webcasting ban while the NFL cannot? Is it a
> mere coincidence that CBS has TV rights to the NFL but not to the other
> two? I wonder whether baseball would have a "Thou Must Webcast"
> commandment written into its radio deals if CBS held a portion of its
> television rights, or whether that provision would withstand a challenge
> from CBS if that were the case and CBS still refused to allow streaming.
> I hate to play devil's advocate, but I can see CBS' point here. Those
> ears in Boston tuned to, say, an Eagles game on a streamed signal from
> Philadelphia probably belong to people who aren't watching CBS' Boston
> TV offering. They're also not in any position to buy any of the products
> being sold by the Philly advertisers, so the Philly station can't charge
> more for reaching a global audience. I keep reading here that Mel
> Karmazin won't Webcast until it adds to CBS' revenue. Is there any way
> for Webcasting to do that, or is the sole motivation to Webcast good
> will toward out-of-market listeners at the station's expense?
> Howard