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Is the Muti-Sport pak on Dish Worth it?

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Grandpa Train, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. Grandpa Train

    Grandpa Train AllStar

    Mar 19, 2005
    I would like to get the pack..but will it be worth while. I keep hearing about all these blackout rules. Live in Alabama.
  2. mwgiii

    mwgiii Gaming Guru and Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jul 19, 2002
    Welcome Grandpa Train.

    Roll Tide or War Eagle?

    The multi-sports pack is great for college sports.

    All major pro sports are blacked out (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS) unless a game is on your RSN.
  3. Pete K.

    Pete K. Icon

    Apr 23, 2002
    Tis true that all pro sports are blacked out but if you like MLB and don't want to waste $$$ on MLBEI, the sports pack can be great. Almost every MLB game is longer than the three hour blackout. You can catch the final innings of at least one or two games nearly every night. Rain delays ensure that you'll see more innings. If FSN South is your RSN, you will get Braves, Hawks, etc. Of course, there are no Hawks fans anymore.
  4. Hound

    Hound Icon

    Mar 20, 2005
    I do not think it is worth it. I had it and canceled it after two weeks.
    I canceled because of the professional sports blackouts. You can only
    get professional sports games for your local regional sport network.
    I do subscribe to MLB extra innings and NBA league pass which is worth
    it if you like to watch professional baseball and basketball. Also, I live in
    the Philadelphia sports region in New Jersey, but Comcast Philadelphia is not
    available on satellite. Also, my local cable company, Patriot Media, does not
    carry Comcast Philadelphia sportsnet, so I do not have a local regional sports
    network. I was blacked out of every professional sports event on the Dish
    Sports Pak.
  5. FTA Michael

    FTA Michael Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2002
    Sure, it's an old thread, but here comes that list again...

    What you get in the sports pack:

    Professional sporting events:
    Arena Football League
    Major Indoor Soccer League
    National Lacrosse League
    Canadian Football League
    National Basketball Association (only on NBA TV)
    Major League Baseball (Spring Training)
    Major League Baseball (partial games that run over scheduled time)
    Classic replays (some)
    Caribbean World Series
    International soccer
    Minor league hockey
    Minor league baseball
    Golf (a little RSN coverage)
    Stock car racing
    Pro wrestling

    Amateur sporting events:
    College football*
    College men's basketball*
    College women's basketball*
    College baseball*
    College softball
    College hockey
    College gymnastics
    College track and field
    College volleyball
    High school football
    High school basketball

    Coaches' shows
    Regional sports news shows
    League/sport roundup shows
    General sports discussion shows
    Team reports
    Pregame shows
    Postgame shows
    Horce racing highlights
    Music (Altitude)
    Hunting shows
    Fishing shows
    Boating shows
    Sports documentaries

    PLUS lots of opportunities to time-shift Fox Sports Net filler:
    Best Damn Sports Show Period
    Behind the Glory

    What you don't get:
    Most major league professional sports events
    Some college games

    *The rule of thumb for what you don't get is that anything that's available as part of a PPV package will be blacked out on the RSNs. That includes all the major professional sports and some college sports, mainly in conference and tournament games.

    And a big YMMV because the blackouts can change from year to year.

    My advice is to go to an online TV listing service (I use Excite for this) and choose all the RSNs you'd get with the sports pack. Then browse around from day to day and see exactly what's on. Only you can decide whether it's worth the money to you.
  6. jrbdmb

    jrbdmb Icon

    Sep 5, 2002
  7. Hound

    Hound Icon

    Mar 20, 2005
    If you subscribe to the America's Top 180, you already get Golf Channel, Outdoor Life, The Outdoor Channel, Speed Channel, Horse Racing TV, GOL TV, Fox Soccer Channel, 6 ESPN Channels and TV Games Network. America's Everything Pak includes all this plus NBA TV.
    America's Top 120 includes 6 ESPN channels, Horse Racing TV, TV Games Network and Speed Channel.
    The Multi Sport Pak only includes regional sports networks, where you are blacked out from
    professional sports, and NBATV. NBATV is worth it, if you do not subscribe to NBA League Pass or America's Everything Pak and like professional basketball. The Multi Sports Pak
    does not include Golf Channel, Fox Soccer, GOL TV, Horse Racing TV, Outdoor Life, The Outdoor Channel, Speed Channel and TV Games Network per Dish's website. It is just
    regional sports networks and NBATV
  8. KingLoop

    KingLoop Custom User Title DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 3, 2005
    What? The guy was asking about FSN not horse racing, or alternates, or fishing and hunting, and NBA TV costs $5/mth.
  9. FTA Michael

    FTA Michael Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2002
    Most professional sports are blacked out, but there are a few exceptions. See the list above.

    But you're absolutely correct that the sports pack does not include The Golf Network. I'll correct that.

    And KingLoop, what the original poster asked was simply if the sports pack was worth the money. He didn't mention RSNs or horse racing or anything else. I'm taking Hound's post to say that most Dish subs already get a lot of sports programming.
  10. gib4500

    gib4500 AllStar

    Apr 11, 2004
    i know in Ohio where i live without the sports pack i get the indians and reds. With the sports pack i also get the pirates. So sometimes with the sports pack you will get more teams coverage added if you have the sports pack. for me the sports pack is well worth it considering i get the extra fsn pittsburgh games and nba tv along with all the other baseball games that run over 3 hours. You would be suprised how many games run over 3 hours. For college sports if i remember right from last year you get about 1-3 extra division 1 college football games that don't get blacked out each week. but if they are on the gameplan package then they will probably be blacked out.

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