If you read what I actually said, I said that they STARTED out wanting to protect local broadcasts (it was one reason why they fought so hard to not allow superstations to broadcast games local, and why TBS and WGN eventually stopped showing games nationally). They realized they COULD sell a national package so that fans who wanted to could watch out of town games, share the revenue and make everyone happy, but, they STILL wanted to protect local RSNs and broadcast networks that show games locally, so they "forced" you to another method of watching those (as folks pointed out, MLB.TV and EI originally didn't show any ads, eventually started showing specific national ads, not local ones). It has ZERO to do with fans, it's to protect the local market for the local RSNs/OTA networks so they can sell local ads. The thing is, the local cable and even satellite want to hold on to this model because sports is a major driver in keep folks subscribed. Here in NY there is exactly ONE OTT service that carries all three RSNs and that's Stream. Keeping this model means keeping the RSNs alive. But that's going to have to change, as you say, people are leaving those services in droves.If MLB wanted to prevent local fans from watching out-of-town teams, they wouldn't have created MLB.TV. It was created for exactly that purpose - to ALLOW fans to follow teams outside of the local market. The blackout rules are designed to protect the local teams' deals with the RSNs, which account for a large percentage of teams' revenue. The problem they are facing is that people are canceling their cable and satellite subscriptions in droves, which is shrinking the revenue of the RSNs and threatening their financial stability. And if the RSNs go bankrupt, the teams don't get paid.