Thursday, April 21, 2011

In-Market Streaming Still (14/15ths) A Myth

In June of 2009, I got pissed when it was announced that the Yankees--and only the Yankees--would have their broadcasts available on in their own market. The press release at the time said

MLB President and COO Bob DuPuy said in a conference call he expects more clubs to follow this season and then "we'll be up to a majority of the clubs" for 2010.

Well, it turns out that was total bullshit. It's 2011, and only one other team, the Padres, has in-market games. (I have confirmed this with someone at

I'm wondering if MLB realized they'd made a huge mistake and just ended the plan. (While continuing to give two teams out of 30 special treatment.) Because I know if I could get Red Sox games through, I'd scrap cable entirely. Red Sox games are the one reason we have cable. A lot of people just don't have cable at all anymore, but I think baseball is probably the reason a lot more people are holding on to it. Unless you're a Yanks or Pads fan, cable TV is the only way to see the team in your market, because it would be blacked out any other way.

I have written to Mr. DuPuy about this, we'll see what he says. But I am guessing the cable companies are holding him in their collective basement.

Note: I am realizing the irony of all this. After years of not being able to see the Red Sox on TV in western Connecticut, I finally move to NESN territory, and now I'm screwed again, unable to get the Red Sox through any means BUT cable, at a time when I want to get rid of cable like everybody else. Damn you, Ghost of Steinbrenner!

Red Sox @ Angels, 10:05 p.m.


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