MLB Drops Silverlight for Flash

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MLB Drops Silverlight for Flash - After two years of using Silverlight for its MLB.tv application, Major League Baseball is switching to Flash [Contentinople dot com]
You know, I think this is a bit of a shame. While I'm not blind to the fact that Flash is currently dominating the market, I am seeing a tremendous amount of really innovative stuff being done in Silverlight. More thoughts after the fold...

I would really like to see the adoption rate pick up speed and major sites like MLB.tv can speed that process.
One of the things that is sort of driving me crazy is the current talk about how no one wants to install a plug in to watch content. I'm not exactly a dinosaur in this industry but I still remember vividly the rash of complaints people had about installing the macromedia plug in when flash was just coming into the market. Couple that with the never ending stories on how flash is not available for handsets and how angry that makes the rabid iPhone community and I wonder if there isn't a bit of a double standard. I'm very curious to see what the later half of next year will look like as the handset play becomes more and more relevant to the discussion. I wouldn't be surprised if that plays a significant role in the long term success of Silverlight. Regardless, there is still plenty of opportunity for MS to pick up eyeballs will deals with well trafficked sites. It's a minor blow, I suspect this race is far from over.