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2009 MLB Blackout Thread

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by garn9173, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007
    The Mets are NOT blacked out here tonight in the NY area on ESPN even though the game is on SNY ch 639.Maybe they waived the blackout for opening night ?
  2. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    The game was on KDFI, a local Dallas station. Unfortunately it wasn't available on EI. Its sad really because D* offers this channel in Dallas as part of its locals package. Why they couldn't offer this channel to you as part of EI is ridiculous, they could have used the same regional territory as FSSW. They really should be able to use the OTA broadcasts for EI if they're already receiving the channel for the locals package.

    BTW, heres the Rangers schedule which lists the channels the games will be on.
  3. bigzeto

    bigzeto AllStar

    Jul 21, 2007
    Yea, I went to that page before sending my email and saw that the game was on the OTA station in Dallas. Like you said, if Directv is able to receive that station, why not put it on the EI. Would Satracer or anyone else know the reasoning behind that?
  4. bjlc

    bjlc Icon

    Aug 20, 2004
    I want to know why we can't get the teams that WE DESERVE. it's not like you are asking for something for nothing.. Its that you can't get what is IN YOUR MARKET.

    that's a pile of manure..
  5. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    MLB Owners Meetings End - TV Territories (Blackout Rules) Vote Tabled
    By Maury Brown, bizofbaseball.com, May 21, 2009

    Major League Baseball's quarterly meetings have just ended, and with that, the vote to redefine MLB's television territories has, yet again, been tabled. The issue has now been tabled for the last two years.

    The vote that was tabled centers around a proposal by MLB President and COO, Bob DuPuy. That proposal would have owners risk losing a geographic area of a territory they currently are claiming if they have not broadcast into that area for at least one season, thus lifting the blackout restriction for that geographic location.

    Based upon the lateness of the season, odds seem exceptionally long that the issue will be addressed by the end of the season. Based upon the structure of the television territories, arcane blackouts occur at the regional and local level. National exclusivity agreements would not be addressed as part of the proposal. That means the country is blacked out on MLB Extra Innings due to FOX and ESPN games.
  6. Msguy

    Msguy Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2003
    If I were MLB Comissioner that would be my priority to END all blackouts period. I would take control of EVERY MLB Broadcast and everyone in the country would get to see every single game if it was on over the air channels, regional sports networks like FSN's or Comcast Sportsnets, MASN's NESN's, YES's, and FOX Saturdays. I would tell every MLB Club it was there responsibilty to provide television coverage for everybody. MLB broadcasts are a product of MLB and MLB Comissioner Bud Selig could do something about all of these ridiculous blackouts and he even promised to "remedy" them, but so far he's done nothing. He's the worst baseball comissioner that ever served in my opinion.
  7. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Unfortunately he doesn't have the final say on it. He can show support and encouragement toward changing the rules, but it is the owners of the teams that determine it. As team owners they want to protect the rights of the home area of their teams, and I don't think we will see anything but it being tabled for years to come.
  8. shandrew

    shandrew Cool Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Phillies @Pirates on MLBa-HD (214/214-1) is blacked out for me right now; i'm in California near San Jose.

    Any logic behind that? I watched the Phillies game last week on MLBa, and can see the Sox vs Sox on 213.
  9. scoop8

    scoop8 Godfather

    Jul 18, 2009
    Dallas TX
    I'm getting both feeds in Dallas: 734-1 is the Philly feed from "My17" and 735-1 is the Pirate's RSN FSP feed. For a minute I thought I was actually going to see a Comcast Philly game.

    I gave up trying to understand MLB blackout rules. The Rangers played a day game today. Maybe that's why we're getting both feeds down here? Who knows....I've tried in the past to track these random blackouts, checking when the Rangers play, etc. I gave up on it.

    I sometimes have the Astros blacked out in Dallas regardless of when the Rangers are playing.
  10. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002
    The MLB alts on 214/214-1 are only for those in Chicago and Boston.
  11. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    I noticed that when ever the main channel (213) game is viewable, the alternate channel (214) is blacked out. If the alternate channel (214) is viewable the main channel (213) game is blacked out. But, not sure of the logic behind it. But I have never seen both viewable at the same time.

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