Major League Baseball stated on Tuesday that 13 stadiums will accept mobile tickets through Apple’s (AAPL) Passbook app during the 2013 season, an increase from just four last year, GigaOM reported. The Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals will be among the teams that accept paperless tickets this summer. The MLB said that three more teams will be announced at a later date that will also support Passbook later this season. Baseball fans were quick to adopt Apple’s mobile ticket platform last season, and league executives previously predicted that sales of traditional tickets could fall to less than 10% this year, down from 55% in 2012.
The Android user is less likely to buy applications. Those were the words of MLB.com‘s chief executive officer, Bob Bowman. In a recent interview, Bowman explained his company’s position on the Android vs. iOS development debate, what’s profitable for MLB.com, and what he hopes will change. More →
If you’re a baseball fan, and seldom find yourself in front of your TV set at game time, Major League Baseball’s MLB.com At Bat 2010 is a must-have application. Available for Android, the iPhone/iPad, or BlackBerry, At Bat provides, “real-time scores, live audio, in-game highlights and more.” You have the ability to set your favorite team(s) — cough, Red Sox, cough — and receive push notifications when new video highlights, box scores, and/or a condensed game summary becomes available. As for live in-game audio, you have your choice of which audio feed you would like to hear, that of the home team or the opposing team. The audio quality is good — great with 3G, okay with 2G — although there is a 2-3 minute lag from the radio feed. Occasionally, we’ll be listening to the audio of a game in the 9th inning and get a push notification of the final score while the audio is still playing. At Bat definitely isn’t the cheapest app you’re going to have on your phone, priced at $14.99 (up from $9.99 last year), but with the addition of push notifications and an improved interface, we think baseball fans will agree it is worth its weight in gold.
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