Last year they did not have blackouts on Direct for Spring Training games; I don't know about this year. I no longer have the sports pack so I cannot check.
Most things MLB does with their televised games and blackout restrictions are lame.
Last year spring training games were not blacked out on Direct. I know that for certain and they were blacked out on Dish. It appears that this is Dish's doing, not MLB http://www.satelliteguys.us/sports-section/202778-mlb-spring-training-tv-schedule.html#post2123088Why would D* be able to show the games and not Dish? It's MLB that sets the blackout rules, not the providers. You would think it would be the same rules across the board.
Sellouts have nothing to do with blackout rules regardless if a provider is showing games or not, during spring training or the regular season.Here's a question. Do they block out the game if you live in Florida and are just miles away from the game itself? I could understand that , you want people to come to the spring training games in Florida and it doesn't sell out. I know many Red Sox fans that make a trip to Disney and check out games as part of the vacation.