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Old 04-08-2005, 11:58 PM   #1
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Default what is Live Blackout and what is the point??

What exactly does Live Blackout mean? Here's the situation: over the winter, my parents had Dish Network installed because we get more channels and it costs less than our previous cable company. Well the only problem with Dish is that we don't get YES network, so I can't watch the Yankee games! I figured that I could watch the home opener on ESPN2 since it was supposed to be playing there too, but when I tried to watch, it said that I was in a Blackout area they didn't play it.

Well I thought about purchasing MLB.TV so that I could watch the games on my computer instead, but then I started reading the details. It says that,

"Local Live Blackout: ALL LIVE MLB.TV games will be blacked out in both teams'
home telecast markets and in Japan.

National Live Blackout: Live games marked with grey icon will be blacked out in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Am I in a Local Live Blackout region? Check by club: If your zip code
is on the list, you cannot watch the game live."

So I check my zip, and of course I'm in the blackout zone. Why do they do this??! Win or lose, I want to see my team play. Is there any way around this, or am I stuck with AM radio?


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Old 04-09-2005, 12:27 AM   #2
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It's because they want you to watch it on YES.
And your local cable provider probably has YES, which results in the blackout.
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:27 AM   #3
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it's a thing that has to do with living clost to where the game is played, IIRC. It's a part of the deal between the league and the tv networks, I think the purpose is to encourage you to actually go to the game or something. This is all based on shadowy mempries and vgue recollections though...
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:27 AM   #4
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They do this so folks will buy a ticket and drop 50 bones on beer and hotdogs when they go to the game instead of getting a sixer and some McDs and watching the game on tv, at home, in comfort.
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:33 AM   #5
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No. I get Yankee games on YES. I'm closer to Yankee Stadium. It's not blacked out.

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Old 04-09-2005, 12:50 AM   #6
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Confused......Raider games in the bay area are only subject to blackout when the game isnt sold out.

Isnt EVERY yankee game sold out?
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:55 AM   #7
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NFL games are different, I believe. The entire NFL revenue shares all profits from games and TV contracts equally.

The contract YES has is different than even most baseball TV contracts. The Yankees own YES (some might not know that) so they make out like bandits if you 1-go to the game or 2-watch it on TV. There was a big stink that went up about how all cable subscribers in the New England area had to pay up money for YES even if they did not want it. Some protests were made but they didn't pick up much steam.

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Old 04-09-2005, 01:04 AM   #8
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I guess I'll just have to call Dish every day and complain until they get it. In the meantime, I'll make do with bars and friends houses.. it still makes me mad though.
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oh, yeah, I was going off the NFL thing...
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oh, yeah, I was going off the NFL thing...
Fair enough I'm quite angry about having to pay to not watch the Yankees each month
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it's a thing that has to do with living clost to where the game is played, IIRC. It's a part of the deal between the league and the tv networks, I think the purpose is to encourage you to actually go to the game or something. This is all based on shadowy mempries and vgue recollections though...
yeah i think it's like if they don't sell enough tickets to whatever game they black it out so that people will go or something.
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for those of you who are "in the dark" (pardon the pun) about blackouts...

Blackouts are an agreement with the broadcasters (cable, satellite, or otherwise) and the sports associations (NBA, MLB, etc...)...

If the "local" game sells out, blackout rules state that local networks can carry the game... if it doesn't, there is no "local" broadcast allowed..

reason being this: The owner's (MLB, NFL, etc...) do not want "locals" to be able to see the game because they will be forced to buy tickets...

Comes down to agreements between the broadcast providers (local, cable, etc...) and the owners..

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