MLB pairs up with Mitel to monitor communications
North America’s Major League Baseball is stepping up its monitoring of team communications after striking a multi-year deal with Mitel, the business solutions company.
Through the agreement, Mitel is to install a new unified communications system that will provide private and secure connections in dugouts, bullpens, video review rooms and press boxes across all of MLB’s 30 stadiums.
Mitel also becomes the official business technology and communications partner of MLB.
MLB said the tie-up would “transform” the existing independent platforms into “a common, unified system featuring enhanced security and call recording capabilities”.
This new system will allow the league to record and monitor all communications conducted on the phone lines to ensure compliance with MLB rules and regulations.
The two parties have already begun working together to begin installing the systems, with the technology expected to be in place in time for MLB’s season-opening day on 29 March.
In recent years, MLB has been plagued with accusations of cheating by various teams.
Last year, the Boston Red Sox were penalised after it was revealed that they had been stealing signs and signals from the New York Yankees using an Apple Watch.