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No West Coast games on EI

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by MikeR7, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. JoeTheDragon

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    also right now the Philly game is on MLB EI (Dual HD feed) and ESPN.

    But only 1 feed for the Blue Jays and 1 feed for the cubs + WCIU HD (Chicago only)
     
  2. stevenjr

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    They couldn't ask? They may have, I don't know, but ESPN would have nothing to lose if the providers wanted to show the Sunday late games.
     
  3. Carl Spock

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    ESPN would have had plenty to lose.

    Their lawyers would never have allowed it. It sets a bad precident to break a contract. You just don't break contracts for no good reason, and being nice to MLB fans is not a good reason.

    On the surface, this seems like the easiest thing to allow. Sure, just show some baseball games. Unfortunately, you lose authority when you break a contract. The contract rules. You have to play by the rules, as any baseball fan knows.
     
  4. davidatl14

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    That's it exactly!

    Might as well get the 2011 thread ready right now.:)

    The Sunday after the ASG will have the Early blackout window.

    Just a matter of whether ESPN chooses to have the ESPY's that Wednesday Night after the break, or have a 6:00PM Game that Sunday with the Espy's afterward.

    Either way the early window will be there again.

    The same suspects will again curse DirecTV and Selig to no end.

    They will be told again about the reasons why, won't matter one iota, a few of the more clueless one's will pick up a phone berate a CSR and shout here from the rooftops about how they are going to cancel either the MLBEI package or better yet Just do away with DirecTV all together.

    Lather, Rinse,Repeat in 2012 and 2013.:D
     
  5. kenmoo

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    This thread sure got out of hand. No one ever really answered the first post? OK, I accept that there was a contractual blackout problem because ESPN owned the 6pm window. What I wanted to know is why it seemed like only West Coast Teams were missing?

    It wasn't a time issue as the Dodger game in St Louis started at 1300hrs EDT which was 11am on the West Coast? If it was a Dodger game played on the West Coast at 2pm or 5pm it makes sense. A lot of games played on the East Coast at the early time were on MLB EI? Did anyone ever get an answer to just that part of the question? I realize that DirecTV never guaranteed to show every game but a Sunday morning game seems a must.
     
  6. cmasia

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    Kenmoo,

    The Dodgers v. Cardinals game was not blacked out because of the ESPN contract.

    It was never scheduled to be shown at all, as both teams were televising through OTA channels in their markets, channels sadly never covered by MLBEI.
     
  7. tonyd79

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    I asked why none of your posts talk about it. Just bash, bash, bash. You decided that I blamed you for your issues. What I am blaming you for is bashing without any seeming attempt to get your problems talked out here.

    Makes e doubt the problems or tells me you just want to bitch.

    Weak.
     
  8. tonyd79

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    Sure they would. Giving up exclusive rights that are worth MONEY to them.
     
  9. tonyd79

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    Actually, it was. It was asked about west coast games not west coast teams. The original poster said the question was answered.
     
  10. cariera

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    Exactly. Remember there is a difference between "blacked out" and "not carried" on the MLBEI channels. What we saw (or didn't see) this past weekend were games that were "not carried", not "blacked out":)
     

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