MLB Preseason games blacked out?

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bela_blasko2006

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I checked the schedule and there are alot of games the next few days-ALL are blacked out except on NESN which has the Red Sox . I have the sports pack and live in the Astros/Royals/Cards/Rangers territory
 
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I checked into this yesterday with MLB and MLB has confirmed to me that the RSN providers that Spring Training games are, in fact, subject to blackout restrictions.
 
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Yup... not cool for the Braves game yesterday since I didn't have the option of MLB Network, only SNY...
 
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You want to watch a 1967 Red Sox game and live in GA?

Too BAD! Neeyah.

So ridiculous. :|
 
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Directv gets to watch Spring Training games with no blackouts, don't they?
 
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Directv gets to watch Spring Training games with no blackouts, don't they?
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.
 
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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.

Why 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.
 
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Most things MLB does with their televised games and blackout restrictions are lame.

I'm so sick of hearing them say that they're looking into changing the antiquated blackout rules every offseason and then they turn around and do nothing. I live in an area where the closest team is 275 miles away and I get blacked out of games from 6 teams. Half of those teams don't have one single broadcast in my area, yet we're blacked out of all their games. Totally ridiculous.
 
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i live in illinois and i can not even watch the st louis cards game tomorrow its blacked out against the mets.
 
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Why 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.
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#post2123088

http://www.satelliteguys.us/dish-network-forum/165832-baseball-fans-2009-list-all-spring-training-tv-games-great-sports-pack-subs-2.html#post1715584

This year I can only assume the same, that Dish is blacking them out.
 
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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.
 
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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.
Sellouts have nothing to do with blackout rules regardless if a provider is showing games or not, during spring training or the regular season.

As far as why you are getting blackouts, you would have to take that up with Dish as I just confirmed that other providers are showing out of market spring training games live. This means it is a Dish issue.
 
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Regarding ST games, Dish has always blacked them out but for some reason, they miss a few (i.e. NESN). Of course the standard black out window on Dish is 3 hours, so you almost always get to see at least a portion of many games.
 
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I just checked with DISH and they told me the same thing MLB did.
 
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Does Dish avoid paying a fee when they do this? That might explain it.
 

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