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With Baseball and Hockey Apps, BlackBerry 10 Looks to Score With Sports Nuts

Major League Baseball said Wednesday that it will bring its At Bat app to RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 phones in time for the start of this season.


“BlackBerry has been an important platform for delivering content to baseball fans for many years, and we are excited to continue that relationship by developing At Bat for BlackBerry 10 in 2013,” MLB Advanced Media wireless exec Adam Ritter said in a statement.

The league isn’t quite ready to commit to just what features will be in the BlackBerry app, but said its developers are working to make the BB10 features “in line with what fans have come to expect from At Bat,” along with a user interface designed for BlackBerry 10.

Last week, the National Hockey League also said it was bringing support for its GameCenter Live streaming video app to the new BlackBerry operating system.

RIM has said that it isn’t going to try to be all things to all people, but it also wants the consumer apps that are key to its demographics. And, clearly, plenty of BlackBerry-toters are sports fans. As sports nuts ourselves (minus Kara), we at AllThingsD are still waiting to hear whether support for the NBA’s League Pass and NFL Mobile are also in the works.

The new BlackBerry devices will make their official debut at an event next week in New York.

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