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MLB.com First Ever Online Televised Game, Even as Strike Looms: Even with the looming threat of a player strike that could cripple its fan b…

MLB.com First Ever Online Televised Game, Even as Strike Looms: Even with the looming threat of a player strike that could cripple its fan base, Major League Baseball was laying the groundwork for a first: live online video broadcast of the 1 p.m. EST game between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers. More such streams are expected this season, but the player strike may bring that to a halt. The Yankees-Rangers game will be available for free, but MLB plans eventually to charge for the service. Monday’s game will not be available to viewers in the local TV markets for the two teams, which the site will verify using credit card and user’s billing address.

About 130,000 people pay to listen to audio broadcasts of games over the Internet and several thousand more pay to watch condensed 20-minute versions of games, Gallagher said. That is a mere fraction of the millions who tune into radio and television broadcasts. Various MLB.com streaming packages range in cost from $4.95 a month to $14.95 a season.

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