Monday, March 25, 2013

Uncle Sam hurls yet another pitch

U.S.-financed 'esquina caliente'
Good news, sports fans. The 2013 Major League Baseball season begins on March 31, marking yet another opportunity to try to overthrow Cuba's socialist government with baseball.
The Office of Cuba Broadcasting on Feb. 26 paid Major League Baseball Properties Inc. $70,800 for broadcast rights for 2013, records show.
That will allow Radio/TV Martí to broadcast games to Cuba, starting with Sunday night's game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros.
The taxpayer-financed Office of Cuba Broadcasting has paid $562,950 for MLB broadcast rights since 2005, according to USASpending.gov.
Rights cost $60,000 per year from 2005 to 2009, $63,000 in 2010 and 2011, and $66,150 in 2012.
The baseball season runs through Sept. 29.

Note: This article was shared with the Center for Democracy in the Americas as part of a six-month collaborative project with non-profit group. See more about our collaboration here.

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