Minor League News (MLN) to Pick Up Slack After Associated Press (AP) Decision to Limit Minor League Baseball Coverage

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MLN - The Raw Feed -- International minor league and independent professional sports newswire to offer US local media outlets free RSS news feeds of minor league baseball game stories and other information which was provided by the AP in the past.

Minor League News (MLN) and its parent MLN Sports Group LLC announced today that its national newswire, MLN - The Raw Feed (http://www.mlntherawfeed.com) will continue to provide full game highlights and other press releases for minor league baseball, basketball, football and hockey, even if the Associated Press (AP) discontinues similar coverage.

The apparent decision by the AP to limit its coverage of Minor League Baseball announced earlier this week is causing great concern amongst the teams, local publications and fans of home town professional sports outside of the major leagues.

"The Associated Press is changing their coverage of the Eastern League for the upcoming season," wrote Mike Murphy, Media Relations Director for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League, a class AA Minor League Baseball club. "The AP will only be moving scores and standings on the wire for minor league baseball and will no longer be providing game stories, box scores or any other information which was provided in the past."

MLN has been running its dedicated minor league and independent newswire, MLN - The Raw Feed since 2003. It was the first publication to offer real simple syndication (RSS) news feeds on the minors and minor league sports business news.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to continue offering full coverage of minor league professional sports at the level that the clubs, the local media, and local fans have come to expect," said Brian Ross, senior editor of MLN - The Raw Feed. "While we will not have stringers in cities as the AP has done in the past, we'll work with every media relations department in all minor league sports to insure that their version of game highlights and other newsworthy items are carried internationally to the widest audience."

The newswire carriage service will be offered free to all subscribers, including local news media, at this time, Ross announced further. The main feeds will be available as both HTML web pages and RSS news feeds. Microcasts will be available as RSS feeds only, and can be accessed through Google's RSS reader, newspapers with RSS reprocessing software and other programs that display RSS news.

Minor league baseball is available at:

http://mlntherawfeed.squarespace.com/minor-league-baseball/rss.xml (RSS Feed)

Mexican League (AAA) coverage is available at:

http://mlntherawfeed.squarespace.com/beisbol-los-menores/rss.xml (RSS) Feed en Español

All baseball transactions (minor and independent) are available at:

http://mlntherawfeed.squarespace.com/baseball-transactions/rss.xml (RSS)

For feeds for hockey, basketball, football (AFL and indy), and minor sports business news, as well as specific microcasts for clubs, leagues, etc., see the "Feeds and Microcasts" section on the right hand side of the website.

All feeds from MLN - The Raw Feed may be reused on other websites and in print provided that proper attribution (e.g. retaining "MLN Newswire") is maintained.

Clubs that do not currently send their press releases to MLN Sports can do so by emailing them to info @ minorleaguenews.com. This is open to valid professional sports teams and leagues only. SPAM and product PR will be purged.

Regional professional sports, minor league (affiliated with a major league team or league) and independent, are the fastest-growing segment of the professional sports marketplace, adding more than 27 million fans over the last seven years. Currently more than 92 million fans watch professional sports outside of the major leagues at almost 800 clubs or teams in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Since 2000 MLN Sports Group LLC has been the leader in this market segment. MLN launched the first sports news magazine ("e-zine") online in 2000 with the debut of MLN Sports Zone. MLN - The Raw Feed made its debut in 2003 as the first newswire dedicated to minor league and independent sports. In 2004 MLN Launched The Open Source Sports Directory the first wiki-based, open-source project to produce bio pages for every professional athlete below the major leagues from 1900 to the present. In 2006, MLN launched the first sports critics and columnist publication for the minors, The MAJOR BLOGS of Minor League News.

MLN broke new ground this month by taking Sports Zone into a subscriber-based service, offering the electronic magazine for $11.99/year. Now, with the apparent departure of the AP from this market, its newswire services look to become the defacto standard for minor league sports news and information.

For more information on MLN - The Raw Feed, contact the newsroom at info @ minorleaguenews.com.


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