Ooh, Boy, You’re Gonna Love This
After basking in the glow of the new ESPN deal that will see Major League Baseball collect $700M a year, with each individual team pocketing over $23M, surely there had to be another shoe to drop.
Well, here it is:
“With the increase to 90 games a season, more Sunday games will be blacked out nationally.”
With new deals to be worked out with FOX, TBS, and perhaps even NBC, the elevated rates will probably come at the expense of even more blacked out games. If you, average viewer, enjoyed watching baseball over the weekend like a normal person, you better get your cable package together otherwise it will be like 1975 all over again, waiting for score updates over the Ham Radio or something.
Before we all go crazy over this, let’s remember that this rules don’t go into effect until 2014. But even with MLB.tv’s rampant success, putting baseball at the front of the advanced media movement, Bud Selig and the powers that be have proven to care very little about your measly subscription each year. Otherwise, how could you explain this still being in effect (the colors represent the teams you can’t watch):
(image via Biz of Baseball)