Holy cow! FCC live-tweets baseball playoff game

Twitter feed offers sports commentary during Fox-Cablevision dispute

“Worried about missing the Phillies-Giants game?” The Federal Communications Commission put that question to fans on its official Twitter feed as the commission posted six tweets about the baseball game.

The FCC’s microblog drew comparisons to amateur sportscasting as it live-tweeted aspects of the Oct. 19 game for fans missing out because of a dispute between Cablevision and Fox-owned stations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

After Cablevision and Fox failed to negotiate an agreement, Cablevision stopped carrying three stations on Oct. 15.

The FCC tweeted a notice to consumers posted on the commission’s website that explained the dispute.

The FCC also posted on its official Twitter account a series of tweets about the game itself:

  • "Worried about missing Phillies-Giants game? “
  • “Baseball fans disappointed about missing game three? (2-0 SF, top 5th).
  • “We’re filling in the baseball void for those without Fox-Cablevision. Matt Cain pitching a beauty. SF up 3-0.”
  • “That’s a wrap. SF takes game 3, 2-1 series lead. While we urge Fox-Cablevision to resolve the dispute."

Blogger Marshall Kirkpatrick, writing at the ReadWriteWeb website, called it the “weirdest use of Twitter by a government agency.”

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Fri, Oct 22, 2010 FMJohnson

"Any rebroadcast, retransmission, or account of this game, without the express written consent of Major League Baseball, is prohibited."

Thu, Oct 21, 2010 Don

So this the national government's job? Make policy that enables the private sector to thrive; otherwise, stay out of the way.

Thu, Oct 21, 2010 Master of Business Administration

Just like the old teletype days, although everyone gets to hold a teletype machine in their hands.

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