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No More FOX Saturday MLB Blackouts in 2014

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by metallo, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Ahh, the times. I was only thinking of scheduling calendar dates.
  2. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    Did I miss something? They did. They just said in the deal those games will no longer be blacked out on MLB EI. So by my understanding those 3 or 4 games a week (more when they were airing at 7pm in July) will now be available on MLB EI. Did I read it wrong?
  3. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    While we can assume they are not included in any Extra Innings package, nothing in the press release says they cannot be. If Fox is giving up the exclusive window, they may be more amenable to putting them in EI.

    We will just have to wait and see.
  4. kevintheoman

    kevintheoman Cool Member

    Mar 14, 2012
    not intending to get too off topic here....BUT DAMN I HATE MLB'S BLACKOUT TERRITORIES.

    In Vegas we're blacked out for Padres, Doggers, Angels, Giants, A's, and Diamondbacks. Six teams!

    Similar situation for Iowa (White Sox, Cardinals, Twins, Cubs, Brewers, Royals) and Hawaii (A's, Mariners, Giants, Padres, Angels, Doggers)
  5. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Yeah,I have never understood Hawaii. What are they? Like 5K miles away from the nearest MLB city?
  6. MikeW

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    In Vegas, it works to your advantage if you don't want to sub to EI. You get 5 of the 6 teams with a normal sub and can add the DBacks with a sub to th e sports pack. Don't know how that works with Dish.
  7. jahgreen

    jahgreen Godfather

    Dec 15, 2006
    Did MLB negotiate the retirement of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver? If not, then I don't like the deal.
  8. ATLFAN48

    ATLFAN48 Cool Member

    May 28, 2010
    I am assuming all Fox Saturday games will now be part of MLBEI, but you will have to watch the game aired in your local market on your Fox affiliate?
  9. HGuardian

    HGuardian Godfather

    Aug 9, 2010
    I'm assuming that will be a given on both counts.
  10. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    I wish!
  11. dvdmth

    dvdmth Icon

    Jul 24, 2008
    Denver, CO
    From the article:

    I'm having trouble figuring this part out. Will FOX (proper) only have 12 Saturdays of baseball during the regular season? I assume (from the doubling of the number of windows) that FSMG will have two time slots per Saturday available to them, with one (sometimes both) of these time slots going to one of their cable TV outlets. Does that sound right?
  12. kevintheoman

    kevintheoman Cool Member

    Mar 14, 2012
    I assume as much.

    For markets that have multiple "local" teams though, I assume you'll still have the chance to be blacked out because of territory rights (instead of timeslot rights). This year in fact there was a padres/diamondbacks game on fox as well as yankees/red sox. Fox in Las Vegas gave us yankees/red sox. I assume I'll still be blacked out of padres/diamondbacks even after this change.
  13. HGuardian

    HGuardian Godfather

    Aug 9, 2010
    Yeah that's how I read it.

    12 Saturday's with National Fox exclusivity blocks. The less the better.
  14. HGuardian

    HGuardian Godfather

    Aug 9, 2010
    I really doubt it, and I hope I'm right. I'm guessing the blackouts will all be based around your local DMA game, not team territories at all. If the game isn't on your local Fox network it should be in the clear on EI, just like ST.
  15. kevintheoman

    kevintheoman Cool Member

    Mar 14, 2012
    unfortunately, when there isn't a very crystal clear local DMA game, fox likes to show the "default national game". Which is how Las Vegas ends up in this situation. Las Vegas is blackout territory for BOTH the padres and diamondbacks (as well as 4 other teams), but fox broadcasts yankees/red sox anyways. It happened a handful of other times throughout the year, but this specific example stood out as being exceptionally ludicrous as BOTH teams in the matchup were "local" and it wasn't broadcast.

    It's madness. Half of the problem is the fox affiliate showing the "wrong" game. The other half of the problem is MLB for having locations that are blacked out for 6 teams.
  16. Ira Lacher

    Ira Lacher Icon

    Apr 24, 2002
    There won't be in MLB's 2013 season.
  17. Msguy

    Msguy Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2003
    FOX & MLB are about 10 years behind getting this deal correct. On Saturdays i listen to my team on the MLB at bat app that i have on my iphone. I listen to the radio broadcast and i get to listen to my teams local announcers. Before i had the iphone i listened to the games on mlb.com. I haven't watched FOX Saturday baseball in a long time because my area always has shown the Yankees or Red Sox games two teams i care nothing about.

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