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The lawyer-laden MLB bureaucracy has done it again. Instead of allowing--no, instead of ENCOURAGING radio broadcast of the most interesting and fan-friendly playoffs in recent history, MLB restricts it and does not allow streaming audio of the games.

What an opportunity to build interest in the game among "lapsed" fans and people who had a cursory interest in baseball.

So instead of having workplace computers everywhere tuned in to streaming audio of every game, MLB restricts the radio rights to ESPN radio, which MAY be available to a third of the country at best.

And MLB has made the Cubs and other teams who previously made streaming audio available over their respective flagship stations stop offering it.

So instead of diong all it can to increase interest in the game, MLB takes the restrictive, lawyerly approach that says, in essence, "Let's maximize revenue in the short run by controlling broadcast rights tightly."

A great opportunity to increase the fan base. Wasted.

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