Cisco's Field of Dreams
Modern baseball stadiums are a Jackson Pollack canvas of distractions. Fancy food. Big slides and inflatable bouncy houses (as my kids call them). WiFi. Even the cell phone you brought in your pocket -- how many crowd shots on TV now feature someone jabbering on their phone?
I prefer to be surrounded by fans who are involved with the game. That enhances my experience more than any WiFi connection or sushi bar or Web-based ticket swapping.
I just wanted to get that on the record, because I'm probably going to take a lot of pot shots at Cisco Field -- the Oakland A's ballpark of the future, literally and figuratively -- and it's not because of bias against Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) or the A's. It's because Cisco Field, as proposed, will exacerbate many of the problems with the modern-day Major League experience.
And I haven't even mentioned ticket prices.
All this comes to mind because Cisco has recently said it's getting inquiries from other Major League teams -- and today, it's announced a technology deal with the home of the Amsterdam Ajax.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading