I received a call yesterday asking if I would mind trying to buy some tickets to the World Series. Of course not. But as everyone now knows, the online ticket sales were a complete bust.
Received a call today requesting the same, and once again the servers simply bomb after just a few of the cute little “countdown” refreshes. Meanwhile, I get a chance to read this language at the bottom of the screen and wound up wondering why anyone would want to patronize major league baseball anyway:
The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions.
Besides being littered with everyday dictionary words, it sounds downright ominous…almost threatening. Is this organization going to bust you for wearing purple and black, or red and black, if they don’t get a license fee? Or maybe they’ll plant microphones throughout the stadium and charge you for breathing one of the terms above?
Of course, I caught that garbage before the server pushed a timout…
This is either a terrible dream, or the joke of the decade. Either way, it’s a world class failure.
UPDATE: I retract everything, since the fiasco is now being blamed on hackers. Good rule to follow – when your planning is piss poor, meaning you don’t provide enough bandwidth, load balancing, and server capacity to meet the needs of an easily expected mad rush, just blame some hackers. Maybe baseball should stake claim to the word “internet” and then use the licensing proceeds to engage a more suitable service provider.