A sports club’s website and social media posts about gay players and players of color are getting some attention from the league.
The MLB Network is one of the league’s biggest and most influential media companies.
But it recently announced that it will no longer air LGBT content.
That means that for the first time, the network will not air gay-themed content.
The network announced that the move was a result of a survey of its 1.4 million viewers, which included 1,065 people who identify as gay or lesbian, which it says represents “the majority of the LGBTQ+ community.”
The network said that this survey was conducted in partnership with a community advocacy organization called Kinetix, which researches the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth.
The decision to drop LGBT content came after months of intense pressure from players, the media and even players themselves.
On Friday, KinetIX announced that they had received a letter from MLB saying that the network had violated the company’s “zero tolerance” policy, according to ESPN.
The move comes amid a growing backlash against homophobia in sports.
Earlier this month, the New York Yankees announced that their gay player Jorge Posada would be playing in the 2017 All-Star Game.
A few days later, New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler tweeted a photo of himself in the stands with a rainbow flag.
And last week, former NBA player Derrick Rose, who once battled homophobia for years, tweeted a picture of himself on a baseball field with the caption, “It’s not easy being gay in the NBA.”
This isn’t the first high-profile sports media company to come out against gay content.
In March, ESPN, the largest sports network in the United States, announced that its 30 teams were pulling all-sports programming and would be switching to a new digital platform in the summer.