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MLB takes blackouts to a new level

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by sonofjay, May 16, 2009.

  1. CorpITGuy

    CorpITGuy Godfather

    Apr 11, 2007
    Bud Selig is an idiot and should resign. Worst commissioner of baseball EVER.
  2. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    Are not Alaska and Hawaii claimed? IIRC, Alaska is claimed by Seattle and Hawaii is claimed by all of the California teams.

    In any event, this cannot work, can it.

    I'm not a super computer person, but at work, our computer system is served from Morgantown, WV, which is 200 miles away in a totally different part of the state, different DMA and different baseball territory. The entire state computer server is in Morgantown. Anytime a popup ad or something like that shows up, its pre-loaded with Morgantown information. So MLB's computer would black out the Pirates, right. Even those of us in the Reds area or the Orioles area.
  3. homebase

    homebase Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
    Evidently, VERY stupid. and VERY customer non-focused.
  4. Darkscream

    Darkscream Legend

    Mar 8, 2008
    Got a question -

    Though it is probably illegal or immoral or something, is there a company that has offices in all mlb areas that has rows and rows of slingboxes that they rent out to anyone who wants to avoid all this blackout crap ?

    If not - why not ?
  5. sdk009

    sdk009 Icon

    Jan 19, 2007
    Kihei, Maui, HI
    If their system is so "advanced" why do I still have to call MLB.com from my hotel room to get a blackout lifted. Then they have to call me back, on the hotel's land line to prove to them I am where I say I am.
  6. homebase

    homebase Legend

    Sep 4, 2007
    Radio streams through MLB.com are available for almost all games for every team, no black outs. I think the Cubs only had 3 days last season where the local radio announcer team didn't broadcast.

    I have to give the MLB credit, they at least did the customer right when it comes to streaming audio for live games.
  7. Msguy

    Msguy Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2003
    Bud Selig promised to "Remedy" blackouts. Instead they are getting worse. Fans should boycott paying for MLB Extra Innings and they should boycott paying for the MLB.com pay service. what we should all do is buy an XM Radio and listen to the games on there. Go back to the days of yesteryear where you had to listen to the game on the radio. Maybe after a year of not getting that television revenue they would change to have no blackouts.
  8. dubber deux

    dubber deux Icon

    Mar 7, 2009
    When the customer stops paying things will change.
  9. xzi

    xzi Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    They were granted a patent. This has most likely been in use for YEARS, and just finally got granted (it can take 5-10 years most times) so you're not likely to see anything different from what you are seeing now.

    They can however now sue/charge for other people to use their technology--that's all.
  10. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    This is why MLB EI needs to have access to ALL of the feeds, including OTA ones, like they used to have in the past. If they don't, then they need to allow someone living outside of the reception area of a local OTA channel to be able to watch it on the other teams RSN.
  11. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    AND MLB needs to also needs to force wciu HD to be sat as well.
  12. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002

    It's all about greed.
  13. dubber deux

    dubber deux Icon

    Mar 7, 2009

    Yep. That's it.

    If most of you stop partonizing MLB in everyway things will QUICKLY change.
  14. Jaspear

    Jaspear Godfather

    May 16, 2004
    In a sane world, that's how it would work. In this world, they'd just go to their buds in Congress and get a bailout.
  15. carlsbad_bolt_fan

    carlsbad_bolt_fan Icon

    May 18, 2004
    Carlsbad, CA
    True, but he's a former owner (Brewers, IIRC) and is in the back pocket of all the other team owners. He's basically a puppet with MLB's owners pulling his strings. He only thinks from the OWNERS perspective, not the fans.
  16. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I just don't understand why the owners or MLB continue blackout rules that are so absurd....I mean, cities with 0 fans of a team are blackout out......

    I just don't understand how something so terrible isn't fixed

    Blackouts in nearby cities? I get it to a point. But these? Good grief, fix it already
  17. nitty316

    nitty316 Legend

    Aug 27, 2008


    Seven months after recording the lowest-rated World Series in history, Major League Baseball's national broadcast business is still waiting for a recovery.

    Lousy weather, delayed games and a lackluster matchup hurt World Series ratings last October, but household ratings for Fox Saturday Baseball, the sport's so-called Game of the Week, are off 9% to date from last season, and 23% from 2000. With attendance down about 4%, one might assume that television ratings would be up. Renewed interest in the NBA and NHL playoffs might have postponed the general sports fans' usual springtime turn of attention to baseball. Additional revelations of steroid use certainly haven't helped.

    What Else Is On?

    The average five-year television ratings for the All-Star Game and the World Series dating back to 1984. Numbers represent the percentage of U.S. households.

    1984-1988 19.9 24.9
    1989-1993 16.3 16.5
    1994-1998 13.6 12.1
    1999-2003 10.4 14.0
    2004-2008 8.8 11.2

    Fox Sports spokesman Lou D'Ermilio confirmed network executives will head to Milwaukee next week to strategize with Commissioner Bud Selig about reversing the downward trends. "The purpose of the meeting is to find a way to boost the ratings for the All-Star Game and the World Series," he said. Plans include showing baseball movies on Sunday afternoons on Fox's sister channel FX, and promotional ads with broadcasters Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Fox says it is less concerned with the shrinking Saturday audience, since the regular season games represent about 10% of the value of the $255 million annual rights fee the network pays.

    Tim Brosnan, executive vice president for MLB, called the meetings routine and said it was too early in the season to draw any conclusions. "We still have 20 weeks of regular season to go, including some very compelling matchups, pennant races and the postseason."
  18. jtbell

    jtbell AllStar

    Nov 24, 2008
    I live in Arkansas, and there are about as many Lastro's fans here as there are Texas Longhorn fans. This is Cardinals/Royals country for the most part, yet we are saddled with the Lastro's.

    The bottom line for me is that in Little Rock, Arkansas the closest MLB stadium is 6 hours away by car (Dallas). I understand blacking out a reasonable area around the city, but blacking out a game in Arkansas has no effect on my attendance.
  19. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    It is like New Orleans being blacked out from Rangers games

    I spent 20 years in New Orleans....never knew or met a SINGLE Rangers fan nor seen any Rangers gear.

    Just makes no damn sense
  20. MikeW

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    There has been a minor change in blackout rules here in Tucson. Up until last season, the Padres have been blacked out through a wide swath of southern Arizona. That is no longer the case. We now, finally, have only one "in-market" team.

    I think another issue that is affecting ratings is the popular move to have a majority, if not all games, broadcast via the local RSN. For us, all DBacks games are only on FSN AZ. The only OTA games available are the Saturday Fox broadcasts. If you don't have cable/satellite, you can't watch your local team.

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