March 15, 2004 10:42 AM PST
MLB teams with Akamai
Outside of the distribution network, MLBAM also has been in the market for a new content partner to provide distribution and technology to encode video and audio. MLBAM's contract with RealNetworks ended last season, and it has pursued new deals with many Web portals, including Yahoo, Microsoft's MSN and America Online. RealNetworks recently filed a lawsuit against MLBAM, claiming the league violated a contract that required it to use the streaming media company's software.