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Sports Market Black Outs...

Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:47 am

Can someone explain the true lodgic to this....?? He is my situation. I live in Nashville and by default because of my AAA Nashville Sounds baseball, I'm also a Milwaukee Brewers fan as many of the guys I have seen play here have been called up. Whenever the Brewers are on the road and play the Braves, Pirates or the Reds the games are blacked out on my inDemand MLB. What makes no sense is without inDemand I have no other way to watch the game. The Braves are now on PeachtreeTV...which is not offered here and the Reds are so far away why even blackout..? I can understand a blackout if it was offered on a local channel.

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RE: Sports Market Black Outs...

Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:55 am

My one partner during a 2007 internship had trouble watching a preseason Steelers game on the NFL Network. Man, was he pissed about that! I would be too.

I know there are a few times when the regular network stations (CBS, ABC, NBC) in neutral markets have to "balance things out" (er something along those lines) by blacking out certain games in favor of other ones. When I lived over in Lancaster, they blacked out a couple of Steeler games in favor of the Ravens and select Jets and Redskins games...
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RE: Sports Market Black Outs...

Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:05 am

One of the reasons I got a dish service was so that I could watch The Bears on Sundays if the local network station was not able to show the game (I am usually in Indy on the weekends). Then I found out that the dish networks have to play by the same rules laid out by the NFL (as far as what games are to be broadcast in a local market). I can only imagine that MLB has the same rigid guidelines that NFL has.
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RE: Sports Market Black Outs...

Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:13 pm

Because there is no NFL team in the LA market,usaully seeing Chargers games is no problem.
But sometimes,like two weeks ago,SAN-SEA game,the rights were held by CBS.They refused to carry the game in LA.And the NFL network did a blackout.Not happy.

But the big blunder came last year, when FOX had the rights to a Chargers home game vs.NFC team last year,but carried a Cowboys game instead here in LA.I wonder what's in the works this year when the Redskins and Eagles come to town.Blackout again? redflag 

In Baseball,most Dodger and Angels games are blacked out in favor of local,FOX Sports West and Prime ticket which is on Dish.

But some of the rules need to change.For example,if a game is going to be forfeited by a network ,let's say, to a ratings decision,then that game should be offered for sale to a local channel or that of a geographical decision in every market.
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RE: Sports Market Black Outs...

Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:01 pm

In Germany, things are different. If the national TV stations show a game, it's take it or leave it. No blackouts, but no choice as for a certain game in a certain market. In the case of the Bundesliga, if you want to choose the game you wish to watch, you simply subscribe to Sky Deutschland and its Bundesliga package (or you can also get Liga Total from Deutsche Telekom), and you can choose the game you want to watch on match day, and even have the possibility of using the conference feature (AFAIK only Sky has that) to view several matches at once.

My point is: Why not offer something like that in the US as far as pay TV is concerned? I mean, you can leave the market based choices for matches to the networks, but if you're already spending a potentially outrageous amount of money on something like e.g inDemand MLB, then you should at least have the choice of choosing the game. Then again, I doubt that the big US sports leagues will become as flexible in terms of their TV rights as the Bundesliga has become since Sky Deutschland (previously Premiere) went digital and offered the choice of match and the conference feature.
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