Can't help but think about the Pixar-Disney deal. It's not a huge surprise, and it seems to make sense for everyone involved.
Everybody is saying how this deal can help Disney get back to its glory days of great animation. Perhaps. I'm more curious about how it affects baseball. A few facts of note:
The National TV contract is expiring. The contract could shift from Fox to NBC or ABC/ESPN.
ESPN is selling cellphones with video highlights and scoreboard updates
Apple is rumored to soon have a iPod-phone.
So with Steve Jobs as the largest individual shareholder in ESPN's parent company...will we soon see an ESPN iPod cellphone? If Disney owned the exclusive rights to all MLB national broadcasts, would that help Apple sell more iPods?
I don't know...I'm just askin'.
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Back in Disney's glory days, one of Walt Disney's main animators was a man named Frank Thomas. So is it a coincidence that the day after the Disney deal is announced, ESPN.com issues a scoop that a Frank Thomas deal is imminent?
I don't know...I'm just askin'. Even if this isn't confirmed yet, it's not a huge surprise, and it seems to make sense for everyone involved.
If Frank Thomas stays healthy...well, we all have imaginations. I'm hoping having Frank Thomas on in their lineup will restore the A's to their glory days, just as the Pixar deal can help bring Disney back to its glory days when Frank Thomas was in their lineup.