Here’s How MLB Uses Videoconferencing for its Biggest Games

Aug 29, 2017

Fortune | Barb Darrow

Most companies use videoconferencing to avoid the cost of flying employees in from far-flung offices. But Major League Baseball took a slightly different tack earlier this year by using a videoconferencing system for people who were all in the same zip code.

MLB employees staffing this year's World Baseball Classic games in Miami, San Diego, and Los Angeles in March, and the All Star Game later in the year, were in the same cities at the same time. But because those metro areas are notorious for traffic jams, the league decided to use videoconferencing for daily logistical meetings for staffers at the stadium and league hotels, Daniel Gainey, the MLB's director of IT, tells Fortune.