• Sunday Night Blackout

    Posted by on June 24th, 2006 · Comments (5)

    I’ve read that the second game of the double-header tomorrow, between New York and Florida, will not be on TV because “ESPN holds exclusive rights to major league baseball on Sunday night.”

    Can’t the YES Network make a case that it’s not a “Sunday Night Telecast” and claim it’s a “remake” of the “Saturday Afternoon Telecast” that was rained out today?

    I mean, shoot, if a Sunday game was a 4 pm ET start, and it was still being played at 8 pm ET, YES (or any network) would not have to cut the coverage because ESPN has all the rights to baseball from 8 pm on, right?

    Can’t we just call this delay, on the game from today being played, one long rain delay and have the Yankee game on TV tomorrow?

    If not, I hope that the second game tomorrow is the greatest game ever played in baseball history – and baseball shoots itself in the foot by not having it recorded on TV. It would serve them right.

    Comments on Sunday Night Blackout

    1. DFLNJ
      June 25th, 2006 | 10:04 am

      The blackout rules for MLB seem designed for maximum aggravation. Do they really think that since they won’t allow me to watch my team, I’ll just go ahead and watch whatever game they decide to put on?

    2. brockdc
      June 25th, 2006 | 12:04 pm

      It’s a shame to witness how much latent contempt MLB has for the average fan. There are an array of ideas and concepts it could implement to make its brand more fan-friendly (elimnating blackouts, meet-the-players days at the ballpark, decreasing prices on tickets and concessions), and yet it refuses to do so out of pure greed and arrogance.

    3. Mr. Furious
      June 25th, 2006 | 12:12 pm

      Yeah, I feel you. I’m in the “local” market for three Major League teams, the nearest of which (Washington) is about a five hour drive away.

    4. June 25th, 2006 | 1:42 pm

      I suggested to MLB.TV that they allow patrons to pick which broadcast to watch. Not long after they started doing that with the radio side. Not on TV yet, though. As for blackouts I agree they should be eliminated. Sell it all and we’ll pay for it. To decide not to sell something has always mystified me. It’s simply bad business.

    5. June 25th, 2006 | 6:59 pm

      According to the game recap, ESPN will be showing the second game tonight but only in select markets. If you live in NYC or Miami, you can watch the game. No word on MLB.tv blackouts.

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