America’s favorite past time, baseball, is difficult to understand for those of us who prefer faster paced sports, or sports where players repeatedly put themselves at risk for massive bodily harm. T-Mobile, looking to make the grueling three hour repetitive snooze fest more exciting, has come up with a novel idea. Pay them $10, and they’ll give you a tablet that you can use during the length of the game. This offer is only valid for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fans, but we’re hoping that it comes to baseball stadiums across the country. Now if you think we’re bad mouthing baseball, look at what T-Mobile themselves have to say about the sport:
Fans get the game-day program right on the tablet, and it’s included in the rental fee (a $3 savings compared with buying the hard copy). Even a novice baseball fan can sound like a seasoned pro with the tablet’s customized content, including player and team stats, replays, MLB news, and more. They also have access to Zinio, an application that offers a free library of more than 4,500 magazine titles, including ESPN and other popular publications. Fans can watch free T-Mobile TV (on the T-Mobile G-Slate only), and enjoy popular TV shows as part of the game-day rental fee.
For $10 you get access to 4,500 magazines and popular TV shows, things most people would rather spend their time with than sitting in an uncomfortable seat, guzzling down warm beer and choking on a hotdog, watching over payed players hitting a ball with a stick. We’re curious if T-Mobile could extend this to non-sporting events, so that before you sign your life away to a 2 year contract you could rent a smartphone for 24 hours. That would greatly reduce buyer’s remorse, but the logistical nightmare might be too much.
Anyway, what say you, are you going to stare at a glowing rectangle or watch the game next time you’re in a baseball stadium?