Sunday, August 23, 2009

Live Baseball on Twitter

There is absolutely no doubt Twitter is revolutionizing the web. It is permeating every aspect of what we do online, making it live and instantaneous. It has the ability to make anyone a part of "the media".

Today, on the 70th anniversary of the first ever baseball TV broadcast, the Hudson Valley Renegades, a Class-A minor league team of the Tampa Bay Rays, is taking baseball broadcasts into the Twitter universe. Via a website called twitcam.com, the Renegades are (currently in the 3rd inning as of 1:55pm) live streaming their game against the Staten Island Yankees.

So far they have nearly 70 viewers and have several people discussing the game through twitter with each other and the Hudson Valley Renegades twitter feed (@HVRENEGADES). There are even family members of the Renegades tuning in and contributing to the discussion. No word yet on whether there are any fans on location chiming in.

Yes, this is the future.

I wonder if they will incorporate sideline reporters into the Twitter discussion like someone (me) suggested?

Hudson Valley Renegades vs. Staten Island Yankees Live on Twitter

Update: Here is the broadcast as of 2:11pm, an hour and 4 minutes into the game.


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