A year ago, Major League Baseball, an organization that seems to actively try to turn off potential fans by illegally trying to claim ownership of factual information, started making noises that SlingMedia's Slingbox was somehow illegal for letting people who had legally paid to watch baseball games on their home TV system watch that same content outside their home. Apparently, no one has explained to MLB how ridiculous this is because they're publicly saying that Slingboxes are illegal again. It's really a money grab, with MLB trying to get Sling to pay them off to not sue -- and subtly threatening the company by saying that "there's no guarantee that Slingbox will be around next year." This seems like a blatant threat with no actual legal basis -- though it may force Sling to waste time and money defending itself while scaring some other less well funded companies from even entering this space. And, the most ridiculous part is that Slingbox is a great tool for baseball fans helping them to get more enjoyment and more value of the game. Yet, MLB is upset because how dare anyone give fans more value without first paying MLB their share.
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