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Bisons acquire big-time status, at least online

Leaving aside the webcast blackouts for some of Western New York's favorite teams, there are plenty of reasons to partake in the offerings of Major League Baseball's online division.

Buffalo Bisons fans will also benefit as Bisons.com moves up to near major-league status, as it falls under the MLB Advanced Media umbrella.

Here's a quick around-the-horn look at nine of the best and the brightest offerings online, beginning with MLB.com:

Digging deep: Archived game broadcasts, video and audio. Even if we can't see the Indians, Mets, Pirates or Yankees play live on MLB.com, subscribers may catch the replay about an hour after the game ends. The cost is $79.95 for the season.

Radio waves: Listening to live radio broadcasts online is a bargain -- $14.95 for the entire season. And when tuning in a game, the MLB.com subscriber can pick either team's broadcast. When the Dodgers play the Giants, how do you choose between Vin Scully and Jon Miller?

Screen gems: MLB.com's Classic games, archived on audio and video. Plenty of milestone games, mostly from recent years, including: Barry Bonds' 70th and 71st homers in 2001; David Cone's 1999 perfect game; Cal Ripken's 2,131st straight game, in 1995; Mets-Red Sox, Game Six (Bill Buckner), 1986 World Series; 1978 AL East playoff (Bucky Dent); Reds-Red Sox, Game Six (Carlton Fisk and the foul pole), 1975 World Series.

Your pod or mine?: MLB.com also has a lineup of podcasts, audio and video, including "MLB Radio Daily," "Around the Minors" and "Fantasy 411" for roto-geeks. Anyone with iTunes or other podcast software may subscribe for free.

Hometown team: New features at Bisons.com, including pitch-by-pitch updates during games, live video webcasts of some games, links to the team's radio broadcast and audio-video highlights.

Some other online baseball resources:

The works: Armchair GM's list of every baseball blog you've ever wanted to read. (http://www.armchairgm.com/mwiki/index.php?title=Baseball_Blog_Taxonomy)

Worldwide leader: Buster Olney's ESPN blog. A must-read. (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=olney_buster)

Pinstripe power: Bronx Banter: Consistently the best of the Yankees bloggers. (http://bronxbanter.baseballtoaster.com)

Fenway frankness: Boston Dirt Dogs: Loud and proud, a state of the art blog from Red Sox Nation. (www.bostondirtdogs.com)

e-mail: gconnors@buffnews.com