Not that I watched a ton of this mostly horrible team anyway, but I just received the following e-mail: Thank you for being a loyal DIRECTV® customer. We appreciate your business and would like to provide an important update regarding coverage of the Pittsburgh Pirates on ROOT SPORTS, part of your DIRECTV® SPORTS PACK subscription. Effective April 1, 2013, Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games will not be available for DIRECTV customers in your ZIP code. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer you MLB EXTRA INNINGSSM as an alternative - Pittsburgh Pirates games are blacked out within your ZIP code in that out of market sports package. Please note all other programming on DIRECTV SPORTS PACK will continue to be provided by ROOT SPORTS Pittsburgh as part of your DIRECTV SPORTS PACK subscription. Only games of the Pittsburgh Pirates will be impacted within your zip code. Thank you for being a loyal customer and for the continued opportunity to bring you the best overall television entertainment experience. Sincerely, DIRECTV More and more stuff like this keeps happening. And most of the college sports shown are on every single channel anyway. It might be time soon to drop this package. What I don't understand is the reason why they can't show the games. I'm blacked out from MLB.tv and MLB EI because for whatever idiotic reason, my zip code is considered "local market". So if that's the case, then I should be able to receive the channel (which is the way it has been since I joined DTV). But now, if they're saying (well they aren't really saying why) that I can't get the channel because I'm not local, then I should be able to watch on MLB.TV or MLB EI. If the team was really worth watching, I would probably send something to MLB because I'm not local to this team. And the funny thing is if I enter another zip code just 40 miles south of me, it doesn't list them as being blacked out. Anyway, someone might actually be a Pirate fan (and they were much improved last season and had several games worth watching) and might want to be aware of this change.