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First full MLB game broadcast on over-the-air TV in Cuba since 1961

Jul 2, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT


There are baseball highlight shows in Cuba and tourists can get cable broadcasts in the hotels, but no full-length Major League games have been shown on over-the-air TV in Cuba since 1961. At least until now:

Cubans got to watch something on their television screens this week that this baseball-crazed island hasn’t seen in more than half a century: a Major League Baseball game broadcast in its entirety on the open airwaves. But the early reviews were not overly enthusiastic. The game turned out to be a nearly 2-month-old matchup between two teams that boast none of the defected Cuban stars who islanders are most eager to follow.

I’m waiting for someone to write the “baseball ratings in Cuba stink because baseball is dying” article, sidestepping the fact that the game lacked any angle of local interest. Well, that and the fact that the game was two months old.

Noted in the article is the strong likelihood that Cuba did not obtain the express written consent of Major League Baseball before rebroadcasting and retransmitting the pictures, descriptions and accounts of this lame Nats-Braves game. So I assume MLB will send its investigators from Miami farther south to take care of business, Selig-style.

  1. bankboy2012 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    MLB will send its investigators from Miami farther south to take care of business, Selig-style

    So they’re not getting full replay review either?

  2. Jeremy T - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Alright, I’ll mark my calendar for 3 years from now, when the committee is ready to present its findings

  3. specialkindofstupid - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    So they were unimpressed with a two-month old Nats-Braves game, eh? Too bad neither team had Livan Hernandez at the time. They could have cheered like crazy each time he gave up a homer.

  4. Old Gator - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    As halfassed a beginning as this may have been, perhaps…just perhaps…it’s another chip out of the wall of stupidity and futility we erected around Cuba over half a century ago. When you’re dealing with a foreign policy that’s as mummified as, say, the Governor of Arizona’s complexion, as counterproductive as votinh Tea party and as huge a failure as yesterday’s Russian rocket launch, it’s hard to figure how much it will take to put an end to it. But one does need to focus on beginnings.

    • downinbungleland - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      It’s not U.S. foreign policy that has prevented Cubans from seeing MLB games, it’s the repressive totalitarian regime erected by Fidel Castro and his realization that if Cubans get to see even a fraction of the freedom and standard of living that U.S. citizens take for granted every day, then they won’t put up with him and his henchmen for long – especially when he lives like a billionaire.

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Your idiotic assumption that Cubans don’t already know what life in the USA, what with four decades of Voice of American broadcasts and what with millions of them having relatives or friends living here who visit them periodically with money, gifts and appliances (there are several charter flights every day from Miami alone for family and visitors to the island) is as funny and witless as your assertion that they wouldn’t put up with him for long – fifty four years after he took power.

        Think about it. Yes, it will hurt at first, but you might even get to enjoy it eventually.

    • denny65 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Thanks for not bringing politics into a baseball discussion, Old Gator.

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        You’re more than welcome. Please let me know once you figure out how an article about opening up Cuban television to a recorded broadcast from the US wasn’t political in the first place.

  5. barrywhererufrom - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Cubans jailed and persecuted for 50 years under so sad to think about all the lives that could have been different if this evil man wasn’t in power there. I hope that they enjoy their major league baseball. More importantly I hope that one day they will enjoy freedom that they deserve…

    • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Nearly fifty four years since he came to power in 1959. I know you’re not especially bright, but can’t you at least imagine that you have one extra digit at the end of each limb?

      If not for our idiotic embargo making a hero of him to Latin Americans and preserving his regime like a pig’s knuckle in aspic, not costing Communist Party members so much as a Cuba Libre while economically punishing ordinary Cubans well beyond the immediate impact of the regime’s utter managerial incompetence, they’d likely be significantly better off than they are now. This tinkertoy embargo is only in place because, being numerous enough in Florida to tip the electoral college balance in national elections, the right wing Cuban dinosaurs of Macondo have been able earn the sycophanty of the professional panderers in Congress and wag the dog of our foreign policy for way, way too long. But with nearly half of Cuban-Americans voting for Obama last year, I think folks are getting tired of this game. The people of Cuba have every reason to hope so.

  6. Innocent Bystander - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Maybe they had “implied oral” consent. See 7:35 mark of attached video.–TDm7M8&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DAVK–TDm7M8

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