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A potential battle of two gigantic humans hitting baseballs is the possible endgame of the 2017 Home Run Derby, with defending champion Giancarlo Stanton and current major league home-run leader Aaron Judge the two favorites on Monday night at Marlins Park in Miami.
ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, with Karl Ravech taking over hosting duties this year from Chris Berman. Ravech will be joined on the broadcast by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Mark Teixeira, and reporter Buster Olney.
Last year, the company secured 33% ownership and Disney CEO Bob Iger says the decision marks a big strategic shift for the company.
Matt Asiata Authentic Jersey While this could mean practically nothing for fans once it actually arrives as a consumer product, the ways in which Disney decides to monetize their current sports holdings could shake things up in the sports streaming world.
Will fans have to pay extra to watch certain baseball games on ESPN depending on their market? Will a cable login no longer be enough to catch Sunday Night Baseball week in and week out? Or will this simply be a move closer to HBO’s launch of HBOGo, where it makes it easier for cord cutters to watch content previously reserved for cable subscribers?
However it pans out, Disney is making a big move to try and intelligently monetize a massive sports streaming platform and baseball will be a part of it.