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ESPN No longer has exclusivity on Wednesday Nights...


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#1 OFFLINE   DCSholtis

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Posted 23 April 2003 - 01:14 PM

Apparently Directv.com has removed ANY references to ESPN having Wednesday Night exclusivity in relation to MLBEI....What started last week will continue....

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Posted 23 April 2003 - 01:45 PM

Interesting, I always thought that they only had rights to Sunday after 5pm Pacific, not 5pm Eastern.

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 07:18 AM

Maybe that was switched as part of the deal?

But 5pm in June, July and August is not night...maybe it's that oft-referenced twi-night?

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Posted 24 April 2003 - 11:39 AM

It has been 5 pm ET for years on Sunday.

Plenty of games on Wednesday in EI now. :)

I think ESPN blew the exclusive wednesdays by preempting MLB last week on Wednesday.

#5 OFFLINE   DCSholtis

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Posted 25 April 2003 - 12:05 PM

If thats the case John, D* sure as hell hurried up and modified their websight to reflect a change to at least 45 games a week as opposed to 35 games a week...That was changed within a day or 2 of that first week of the change.
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Posted 23 May 2003 - 11:08 PM

Now if Direc Tv could broadcast the Saturday Fox Afternoon games on the MLB package we'd all be in business. I am so glad that games are able to be seen on the regional sports networks now on Wednsday Nights. I was so tired of watching the ESPN only games and having to watch the bottom line on ESPN waiting for the score I wanted to see be posted.

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Posted 25 May 2003 - 12:37 PM

Looking at the Directv MLB schedule, I notice that sometime after June 4, they do not list Wednsday night games, I'm really counting on those Wednsday night games for the rest of the season, is this ESPN blackout lift only until the middle of June? Thanks for the response.

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Posted 25 May 2003 - 01:48 PM

Due to the Basketball Season coming to an end with the NBA Finals going to be on ABC. ESPN may have in there plans to Resume Wednsday Night Baseball games. These games on Wednsday Night's that have been being aired On Extra Innings Packages may only have been Temporary with the End of the Basketball and Hockey Season there will be room for Baseball games back and only Exclusively on ESPN The rest of the season. This will really suck if that is the plan because I cannot stand ESPN's Coverage anymore of baseball. They have the Continuous scores throughout the entire game at the bottom of the screen and I hate that. I want to see Games that's what I subscribed to them for. Blackouts are becoming more and more confusing by the day. I wish they'd let us see the games. We're Paying for them and should be able to see them and not be forced to watch Every Yankee and Red Sox Game on ESPN on Wednsday night.

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Posted 25 May 2003 - 07:45 PM

Also notice however that they have changed their MLB EI page to reflect up to 45 games a week as opposed to the way it used to be with up to 35 games a week.....IMHO that reflects the new ESPN Wednesday Night setup.
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