[tabi] Re: batter up

  • From: "Daniel ben Moshe" <danielbenmoshe1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:55:00 -0500

This is tight as heck



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Betsy
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2010 6:44 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: batter up


Thanks Lynn for the heads up on this.  I wouldn't have known about it until
renewing my subscription in march.




----- Original Message ----- 

From: Lynn Evans <mailto:evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>  

To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2010 4:42 PM

Subject: [tabi] batter up


        New York (February 11, 2010)- Baseball fans with visual impairments
will benefit from the implementation of functional improvements to MLB.com,
the official Web site of Major League Baseball, and all 30 individual Club
sites as a result of a joint collaboration between MLB Advanced Media, LP
(MLBAM), the American Council of the Blind, Bay State Council of the Blind
and California Council of the Blind. All three organizations applaud this
fan initiative taken by MLBAM.

"MLBAM has undertaken groundbreaking work to make its web sites accessible
and has assumed a strong leadership position among sports, media and
entertainment properties in doing so," said Mitch Pomerantz, President of
the American Council of the Blind. "We certainly urge similar sites to make
this level of commitment in following MLBAM's lead."

As part of its initiative, MLB.com launched an accessible media center for
its MLB.com Gameday AudioT subscribers, offering features such as volume
control, ability to choose the home or away feed and access to archived
games. Additionally, MLB.com has ensured that fans with visual impairments
can continue to participate in the annual online voting programs associated
with the All-Star Game and will be providing an accessibility page on its
site detailing information on accessibility, usability tips and customer
service resources. As it continues to deliver technological innovations for
following baseball games, MLB.com will make additional accessibility
enhancements available to fans with visual impairments.

Brian Charlson, a Boston baseball fan and Director of Computer Training
Services at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts,
described how MLB.com's accessibility efforts have improved his enjoyment of
the game: 

As a member of the blind community, the kind of changes MLB.com was willing
to make on its web sites keeps me coming back for more. It shows how much
can be done when people with disabilities find willing partners. For
example, with the changes in Gameday Audio, I find myself enjoying switching
back and forth between the home and away broadcasters the same way my
sighted friends do. And knowing my votes were counted in this year's
All-Star balloting made listening to the game much more meaningful. I'm
excited about what MLB.com has done and about its commitment to further
improvements. - Brian Charlson, Carroll Center 

MLB.com utilized guidelines issues by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The web content accessibility
guidelines are of particular benefit to blind baseball fans who use a screen
reader, through which information on a page is read aloud, or magnification
technology on their computers and who rely on a keyboard instead of a mouse.


Established in June 2000 following a unanimous vote by the 30 Major League
Baseball club owners to centralize all of Baseball's Internet operations,
MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and internet company
of Major League Baseball. MLBAM manages the official league site,
www.MLB.com,and each of the 30 individual Club sites to create the most
comprehensive Major League Baseball resource on the Internet. MLB.com offers
fans the most complete baseball information and interactivity on the web,
including up-to-date statistics, game previews and summaries, extensive
historical information, online ticket sales, baseball merchandise,
authenticated memorabilia and collectibles, fantasy games, live full-game
video webcasts and on-demand highlights, live and archived audio broadcasts
of every game, Gameday pitch-by-pitch application, around-the-clock hosted
and specialty video programming and complete blogging capabilities. MLB.com
offers more live events on the Internet than any other website in the world.

About the American Council of the Blind (ACB), Bay State Council of the
Blind (BSCB) and the California Council of the Blind (CCB)

The American Council of the Blind is a national consumer-based advocacy
organization working on behalf of blind and visually impaired Americans
throughout the country, with members organized through seventy state and
special interest affiliates. The Bay State and California Councils are the
Massachusetts and California affiliates of the ACB. The ACB, BSCB and CCB
are dedicated to improving the quality of life, equality of opportunity and
independence of all people who have visual impairments. Their members and
affiliated organizations have a long history of commitment to the
advancement of policies and programs which will enhance independence for
people who are blind and visually impaired. Many members of ACB, BSCB and
CCB are baseball fans. 


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