Exactly, which is the point. MLB will fix it eventually.
Also, people keep saying the NFL comparison isn't valid but it absolutely is. I guess if your point is that baseball has 9 innings, a round ball, 162 games a year, and football has 4 quarters, a ball with pointed ends, and 16 games year it being apples to oranges would make sense.
When your comparing television broadcasting (I thought that's what this forum was about) it absolutely is valid.
Fox Saturday Baseball = Multiple games, with 1 game being broadcast locally. Other games unavailable with out-of-market package.
Fox NFL Sunday = Multiple games, with 1 game being broadcast locally. All other games available with out-of-market package.
Same advertising issues. Same network. Same local broadcasters. The NFL has it figured out. The MLB is still wrong due to their current deal. They will get it right.
I'm pretty much over discussing this because the only people who disagree are those who don't understand simple reasoning. They'll say "MLB knows what they are doing." "There's big money involved, they aren't stupid." etc. but when MLB changes it I guarantee we won't see any posts from any of them saying "I'm worried about MLB on local broadcasters because Saturday games are now on Extra Innings, they are really hurting" because it's not reality.
No, it is apples and oranges because of the number of games available. If you miss one game out of 162, that is no where near missing one of 16.
Plus, the NFL is totally national contracts for TV. MLB is not. They are a mix of national and local broadcasts. That makes the cirumstances completely different.
The real thing is that it will NOT MAKE MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE if they get the Fox out of market games on TV somewhere. You are talking small amounts of money.
What says MLB is doing correctly is the total income they get. Denying the Tampa Bay Rays game from being on EI on a Saturday evening because they started their game at 6:30 has ZERO real impact on the MLB bottom line. They put it on, I say "great." They don't put it on, I say "oh well." It is not a big deal. Even to Rays fans in Arizona (not that there are many of them) but because it is about 0.6% of their games annually per Saturday.
Oh, and the NFL is limiting their access to those out of market games to DirecTV customers only. Maybe they haven't got it figured out yet. If EI carries the out of market Fox games, then it is to all carriers of EI, including all the cable companies in the nation....