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Southwest Airlines plans in-flight, live baseball broadcasts

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Fans of the Yankees, the Mets -- and even the Red Sox -- may have a pleasant surprise ahead as they leave the tarmac at Islip's MacArthur Airport, on a Southwest Airlines flight that coincides with a Major League Baseball live broadcast.

They'll still be able to watch it, in-flight.

Passengers on Southwest flights will soon be able to watch live MLB games streamed to smartphones, laptops, tablets and other Wi-Fi linked devices, Southwest's in-flight entertainment systems provider said Wednesday.

More than 2,400 games each year will be available to Southwest passengers en route, the entertainment company Row 44 said in a joint news release with the Major League Baseball organization's media company.

Southwest is the major carrier at Islip's MacArthur Airport.

Passengers will also be able to listen to radio broadcasts with each ball club's regular announcers during Southwest flights.

“The integration of live baseball games into Row 44’s in-flight broadband entertainment experience ensures our traveling fans won’t have to miss a pitch,” Bob Bowman, chief executive of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, said in a news release.

“Our partnership with Row 44 is reflective of a continued commitment to finding innovative ways to serve the millions of baseball fans seeking to connect with their favorite teams on their own personal devices, no matter where they happen to be.”

No pricing or other details were immediately available.

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