5. The League Is Embracing Tech
In some ways, baseball is well-positioned for the future. Though the median fan age is still distressingly old—57 for TV viewers—MLB has invested extensively in forward-looking apps, streaming products, and technologies to attract a new generation to the game. The sport has already found success with MLB.tv, a $25-a-month subscription service that lets users stream almost any regular-season game on a smartphone, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV, among other devices. Another bright spot is Statcast, a camera system that shows the launch angle of hits, making playback footage more dynamic and more closely resemble a video game. Then, in a big step forward in 2017, MLB.com rolled out a virtual-reality service that permits fans to follow multiple feeds while streaming games for a more immersive viewing experience. Look for MLB to continue to improve its VR and other digital offerings to engage young fans.
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