HDTVs and advertisements were not part of the American pastime that Jack Norworth wrote about in his classic song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," but these flat-screen marvels are quickly weaving their way into baseball stadiums across the country.
Recently, the N.Y. Post reported that fans of the "Amazing Mets" will see 20 high-definition televisions when they visit Shea Stadium this season. The screens will broadcast the game, sports scores from ESPN and advertisements as part of a deal between the team--which gets a cut of the ad revenue--and start-up Arena Area Networks. The company has similar agreements with sports stadiums in Boston, Miami, Dallas and elsewhere.
Early last year, Sony Electronics and Cox Communications struck a similar deal to install about 220 HDTVs in San Diego's Petco Park, home of the Padres.
A 30-by-53-foot LED display, made by Lighthouse Technologies, also towers over Petco, making it difficult to miss a play no matter how bad your seats.