If you have cable do you get their games? Also, have you checked to see if the games themselves are in the clear without sports pack? As in Directv turns the signal on for their games only but not the RSN at any other time? It does seem unfair that if teams claim you that you have to pay even more to see them. I guess even that wouldn't be that bad if it wasn't for you saying they will black them out on EI if they claim you as the home market and you have to have sports pack to watch those too. As you said, I've never encountered this as both the Rays and Marlins air here. I do have to order NHL CI to watch the Panthers and if I cared about the Heat I'd have to have NBA LP for that. But even that's a different circumstance.
Baseball needs to draw territories to something reasonable so this doesn't happen to people.
Comcast has the games in SD.
Yes, I have checked. The games are not blacked out with Sports Pack, but that would be an extra $90 on top of the EI price, for the season, to get our "local" team. So for us, baseball is $290 if we want the Cardinals and EI.
At least with Sunday Ticket, we get all the games unless they are being broadcast locally.
I am pretty sure Cardinals games are blacked out on MLB.TV as well, unless something has changed since I last checked.
Personally, I dont think any team should be able to claim a territory any other team already has claimed, and DirecTv should provide the RSN for that team that has the territory claimed.
Enough on that though...just noticed the thread is about Entertainment, so I shall cease and desist...This topic should be picking up in about a week.