MLB.com Should Learn From ESPN

Looking for updates on today’s action as we come down to the end of the season, I clicked on MLB.com for scores.  Come to find out MLB.com has added on their main page MLB.TV studio anchors relaying information and providing instant updates to the games.

I really enjoy some of the content that MLB.TV provides. Their anchors such as Peter McCarthy and Seth Davis provide a lot of solid information and quick analysis of baseball goings-on during the day.  All this without seeming like a propaganda arm for MLB (which it is).

My big beef with this is that it automatically loads the video without the user having to give permission.  Earlier, when ESPN.com lauched an embedded media player with SportsCenter highlights, I couldn’t stand the shock of the video being played at such a high volume (since I have my speakers on at all times).

MLB.com should give visitors to its site the option to view the streaming video updates when visiting the webpage and not fall into the same trap that ESPN.com did which has ultimately created a backlash against ESPN.com and the visitors.

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