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Play Ball! Giants vs. Royals Game 7: Last Game of First Live-Streamed World Series

Cisco technology helps enable first live streams of World Series action

With the World Series wrapping up with game seven tonight and a new champion to be crowned, it’s a great time to reflect on the game and its impact on fans.

Baseball is much more than a game in America.  For well over 150 years, the sport has been woven into the fabric of our cities, neighborhoods, families and culture. For millions like me, the World Series has produced memories that last a lifetime. Every October, I reflect on the heartbreak I suffered in 1985 when my beloved St. Louis Cardinals blew a 3 games to 1 lead to the Kansas City Royals.

And all along, Major League Baseball has used technology to make the fall classic available to as many fans as possible.

The 1921 World Series between the New York Giants and Yankees was the first World Series to be broadcast on radio. The 1947 World Series was the first to be televised, and the 1955 World Series was the first televised in color.

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Now, another first in 2014, as large numbers of fans have been watching the first live streams of World Series action, representing a milestone in Major League Baseball broadcast delivery and allowing fans to watch on the go with an MLB.TV subscription. Each Giants-Royals game televised by FOX in the 110th Fall Classic is also available live online and via mobile to existing MLB.TV subscribers at no additional cost.

For the first time in the history of baseball, Read More »

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Congratulations SF Giants, 2012 World Series Champions!

November 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm PST

I had the opportunity to take a day off to celebrate the San Francisco Giants victory of the 2012 World Series this year.  The City of San Francisco scheduled the victory parade on Halloween.  It’s the perfect day as the colors for the Giants team are black and orange.  I saw the victory parade on TV in 2010 and decided I needed to feel the excitement this year and be there in person.

There were a lot of Giants fans on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).  We decided to meet at the Civic Center in downtown San Francisco, where the parade route ends and the team will speak.  Upon my exit off the BART station, I saw our very own Cisco NERV vehicle, supporting the City of San Francisco Giants Parade. Read More »

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Fans More Connected Than Ever – MLB Playoffs Generate More Than 10 Million Social Media Comments

I love to see how technology continues to be woven deeper into the fabric of baseball and how it benefits everyone from teams to players to fans.

These days technology is driving millions of interactions that happen at the speed of light.  Players utilize video to break down their latest at bat, and might watch in between innings to make changes for future at-bats. Teams use scores of computer-generated statistics to analyze player performances, and breakdown their opponents. Things like variable ticket pricing, enhancements to television broadcasts (pitch tracker), and social media channels have altered how fans interact with the sport. Read More »

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