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I'm thrilled to hear this news, even though it ends any formal tie I had to BP. I got my start here, so it still holds a special place in my heart. I'm glad to hear of the new leadership team and the strong financial backing BP will have going forward. Plus you guys hired Chris Crawford, who I think is fantastic and will be very hard for me to replace. Cheers!
Russell: I just want to echo what I said on Twitter - this is great work, and it's so useful to have such strong evidence to use when people point to a 30 inning jump and predict spontaneous decapitation. (Or debrachitation.) I doubt the hypothesis will go away quietly, but this will help the cause.
What exactly is Youtube's revenue model? I understand that they were bought for a significant sum, but if there's a decent revenue model there I missed it.
What you need to demonstrate to argue that allowing embedding of videos (and thus freeing some of the content for which MLB.com currently charges, like archived footage) is going to benefit MLBAM in the long run is that there is going to be some significant upsell from the embedding. What percentage of users who click through the embedded video will purchase the subscription product? Are there comparable models with other sites that offer subscription products (video or other media)? Without that, this is just speculative.
I don't see anything in here that supports the argument that opening up the content will increase revenues. BAM has a pretty nice revenue base right now from subscriptions, and the online ad market is very weak right now so the ad-supported model is unlikely to provide the same revenues. Where's the evidence that, for example, "anything MLB does to improve the quality of baseball blogs will help the sport's bottom line in the long run?"
If his first option year was used in 2005, he'd have to clear waivers before being optioned again because it's > 3 years since the date of his first optional assignment.
Not only is Waldo correct, but when you can identify the subject, the active voice is always better than the passive voice. "The group comprised its members" is stronger than "the group was comprised of its members."
Different voters on different awards. Yet another issue.
But ... but ... K-Rod had 62 SAVES!!!
\"I don\'t know about you all, but I\'m very skeptical of the TBS fasttrax or whatever that televised strikezone thing is. It seems very stingy, mainly on inside/outside calls, not so much on high/low readings.\"
A buddy of mine was here last night watching the game with me, and he pointed out that the fasttrax thing seemed to show the ball at the point where the catcher caught it, not where it was when it crossed the plate.
Joe is just biased against the Astros. That\'s your entire problem.