We've written at length about the MLB TV rights, which will be up for bidding in the offseason. Turner won the rights to the wild card playoff games, and we didn't even consider the possibility of NBC getting in on the act. During our podcast with John Ourand last month, he predicted that the current rights holders (Turner, ESPN, and Fox) would re-up with MLB. However, there's one little wrinkle that's popped up this month that has me wondering if NBC is going to make a play for MLB rights... and that is a little show called Caught Looking.
What *is* Caught Looking? Well, it's a "behind the scenes" look at MLB, with this show focusing on a different weekend series every week, with exclusive clubhouse access, interviews, and the such. It kind of reminds me of The Franchise on Showtime, but more condensed. The show matches some of the other high quality documentary-style programming that's hot right now. With its own behemoth network, there's no reason MLB couldn't just broadcast the show on there instead of on NBC Sports Network. But NBC's willingness to collaborate with Major League Baseball on this show, and air it on one of their channels, makes me think that they're going to make a play for the MLB rights when they come up.no comments