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The company that quietly is the biggest name in streaming sports content

When it comes to streaming sports on the internet, there is one name that you might not expect to be at the top of the heap: Major League Baseball. Specifically MLB Advanced Media.

MLB streamed its first game back in 2002.

I still had dial up in 2002. In March of 2002, five months before the first webcast, just 11 percent of Americans even had broadband internet, according to Pew (it was 70 percent in September of 2013).

So it was pretty ahead-of-its-time.

From the first game:

That game was watched by 30,000 baseball fans across the globe. Those 30,000 fans have turned into millions of fans across the world and that little experiment is now a mega-million dollar business. Since its launch, the service has broadcast 1.5 billion live video streams and has accumulated a total of 3.7 million subscribers.

Yeah, so it has grown. A lot.

According to a segment on The Intercept, MLB generates 8-9 terabytes of data per game.

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Winter Olympic events ranked in order of how terrifying they are to watch

1. Nordic combined
2. Ski jumping
3. Skeleton
4. Super G skiing
5. Downhill skiing
6. Luge
7. Four man Bobsled
8. Ski aerials
9. Ski cross
10. Ski slopestyle 
11. Ski halfpipe
12. Snowboard cross
13. Snowboard slopestyle
14. Snowboard halfpipe
15. Hockey
16, Skiing Giant Slalom
17. Snowboarding parallel giant slalom
18. Short Track speed skating
19. Ski slalom
20. Speed skating
21. Biathlon
22. Cross Country Skiing
23. Pairs figure skating
24. Single’s figure skating
25. Ice dancing
26. Curling

The Doctor meets Sherlock.

Posted 12/16/13 @ 9:42 PM #

Sun is up and so am I… still

The sun is fully up, bathing New Mexico in its glow. This side of the house is actually pretty warm, with the sun hitting it. OK, not WARM, but it isn’t freezing cold.

Meanwhile, still waiting for something to happen in the La Salle / Quinnipiac game besides me thinking about political polls every time someone says Quinnipiac.

Also, I’ve seen this exact same halftime show at least six times. A couple of times I got up to walk around or eat or… not sure. But I still have seen each portion of this numerous times. I know Rece Davis’ joke about the heater. I’ve heard Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scream in pain more times than I needed to. I know that a lot of talented players will be in Chicago tonight.

I hope this is the last time I see it. I know that it’s not. 

It is just past 8:00 am which means I’ve been watching college basketball for 15 straight hours. Will I make nine more hours? Can I make 5:00 and 24 straight hours of basketball? 

Right now, I’m pretty tired. I’m avoiding more caffeine. I’m gonna try to go natural on this. It will help that there are now people online to interact with. Or at least I hope it does.

"Dunk City" crowd rivals Wichita State for best crowd of Tip-Off marathon

It is relatively early in the morning in Florida. It isn’t even 9:00 yea. The game started at 7:00, hours before the smartest college students schedule their classes.

But the students and other fans of Florida Gulf State University came out in force to cheer on their team and the early morning atmosphere rivaled the late-night (well, technically VERY early morning) atmosphere in Wichita.

The Wichita State game started at midnight. It featured this photo. It featured Wichita State using a big second half to turn a close game into an easy win over a talented opponent. The crowd was into it from the tip—off.

The FGSU crowd was similar. Shirtless students painted? Yeah. Student section standing the whole game? Got it. Crowd helping the team slowly pull away? Bingo.

This is in stark contrast to Stanford, which had a tip time of 8:00 and it still wasn’t full.

And, yes, Gonzaga had a great crowd, but the relatively normal tip time takes it out of consideration. 

It’s now 6:30, so I’m 13.5 hours into this ordeal. The sun is rising. The basketball is exciting again. I’m good to go for at least a few more hours. 9.5 more? We’ll see.

Past the halfway point

People who have normal jobs and don’t do stupid things in the middle of the week are starting to wake up. I’ve been watching basketball for the last 12+ hours in my quest to watch 24 hours straight of college basketball on the ESPN family of networks.

Why? Well, every year I want to do it. Every year, something comes up. One year I have a “real” job. The next year I have an interview in the morning. The year after I have a girlfriend who points out this is ludicrous and stupid.

No such things this year.

Anyway, if you are reading this and want to follow along with my slow descent into madness, you can do so on Twitter at @3_2count or just here on Tumblr where I make posts every hour or so.

I feel like at this hour, I’m at the point of no return. I can either sleep and wake up at noon or later… or just power through. I’m feeling fresh thanks to some caffeine and think once the sun comes up, that will help as well.

Interestingly enough, I’ve actually got some work done, writing some quick blog posts to go up on my political blog. Still, I won’t make this type of sleep schedule a habit.

Sim Bhullar and caffeine are keeping me up. Even though New Mexico State University is ostensibly a rival of UNM, I can’t bring up proper animosity for them. Maybe it’s because it is 4:30 am.

But, man, Sim Bhullar is fun to watch. That GIF is from last year, but it is still amazing to see how much Bhullar just being in the general vicinity of the ball changes the game.

Against Hawaii he’s had at least three blocks where he just looked like a bear swatting a pesky nuisance out of the air. I’m not sure why anyone would want to even go near him with a shot — he isn’t quick, but he’s so big that he doesn’t have to be.

I also took my first jolt of caffeine at 3:45. I know that it will be diminishing returns, but I think if I make it to sunrise I’ll be in the clear. 

5:00 am marks the halfway point. So close I can taste it. Or maybe that’s the reheated Mac and Cheese I had at 4:00 am

3:00 am. Yawns coming.

It’s 3:00 am, I’m still 14 hours from hitting my goal of 24 hours. I’m yawning just a little bit. Maybe it’s because of the game suddenly becoming a blowout in the second half. Akron got it to within one… but then stopped scoring and St. Mary’s turned it up.

The West Coast Conference is on its way to a 3-0 night in the tip-off marathon and are, I believe on their way to 15-0 overall.

I’ve still gone without any significant caffeine, so I have that in my back pocket. I’m usually going to sleep about this time, so I know I can wait a bit. But I’m starting to doubt I’ll make it.

It also doesn’t help that this is the dead time when no one is posting on Twitter to keep me entertained.

The next game is out in Hawaii and features New Mexico State University, so at least I have a team to cheer against in that one.