Just in time for opening day today, Comcast Business (Nasdaq: CMCSA) has struck a deal to provide its Metro Ethernet service for the Boston Red Sox, providing Internet to both baseball fans and team employees at Fenway Park.
This new network connection will be used by about 250 Red Sox employees at Fenway. Comcast is also supplying bandwidth that supports WiFi hotspots used by 1,800 to 2,000 attendees during games at Fenway, and Internet connections used by media covering the games.
Besides providing bandwidth to enable the sports media to more effectively file stories, pictures and video about the team before, during and after games, Steve Conley, IT director at the Boston Red Sox, said the network will give it the bandwidth it needs to support its video-based scouting and player evaluation programs.
"We are getting Terabytes of data per month from player videos, and these videos are very important to the scouting department, especially in the months leading up to the amateur player draft," Conley said in the release announcing the agreement with Comcast.
In addition to Fenway Park, the service will support the team's new spring training facility, JetBlue Park at Fenway South, which opened this spring training season in Fort Myers, Florida.
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