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Monday, August 06, 2007

Possibly the most idiotic thing these clowns have ever done

And by "these clowns," i mean Major League Baseball.

See, i'm giving in and watching the Nationals and the Giants on ESPN 2 tonight, to see if Barry Bonds can break Hank Aaron's all-time home run record.

Well, i thought i was.

But, when i turned on the TV, what i got was Baseball Tonight on both ESPN and ESPN2.

So i called Time-Warner customer service. They say this is the feed they're getting, and it's not something that they've messed up. But it is perhaps a MLB decision to black out the game in this area.

ESPN doesn't have a full customer service staff (and why should they, to be honest) but the person i got through to tonight also doesn't have any idea why the game wouldn't be on in this area.

Can MLB really be that stupid? It's not like the Nationals are actually available on any local TV network or station. Hell, even the Orioles aren't covered on FSN South any more. Is anybody really losing the revenue that might have come from Durham folks driving up to DC to watch the game on a local broadcast?

I mean, come on Bud Selig, give me a break.

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  • What's this "giving in?" I know you don't like Bonds OR the Giants, but let's be real--you'd watch the East Omaha Little League championships if it was the only game on TV that night. ;-]

    By Anonymous cd, at 8:54 AM  

  • No, the College World Series is played in Omaha.

    The Little League World Series is played in Williamsport, PA.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 9:00 AM  

  • Baseball region rules are some of the most screwed up things I know of. I wish they would just open them up and let areas show whatever they want. It makes no sense to me that Burlington can get Braves coverage while in Durham I can't.

    Oh, and Boo Barry! But, Yay! for Galvine and A.Rod.

    By Blogger Tanner Lovelace, at 10:21 AM  

  • From today's N&O--

    "Cable television customers in the Triangle might have missed live coverage of Barry Bonds' record-setting home run on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals.

    Because of an ongoing business conflict between Time Warner Cable and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, the San Francisco Giants' games against Washington this week are not being aired on cable in the area. (ESPN did cut in to show Bonds' historic at-bat live in the Triangle, but the entire game was not shown.)

    MASN has rights to regional television coverage for Washington and the Baltimore Orioles. Most of North Carolina is included in that regional territory, but Time Warner and MASN have not reached a financial agreement to include the games on the cable service.

    As a result of that impasse, the ESPN2 telecasts of the Giants-Nationals games on Monday and Tuesday were blacked out of Time Warner Cable households in the Triangle."

    By Blogger Kevin, at 5:54 AM  

  • If you read my comment closely, you would see that I didn't mention the Little League World Series. I referred to the hypothetical East Omaha Little League championship. Perhaps the winner of that fictitious division would go on to glory in Williamsport another day.

    By Anonymous cd, at 8:57 AM  

  • Why am i not surprised? I guess the only marginally surprising thing is that no one at Time Warner claimed to know anyting about it.

    Even better, if i were a subscriber to either the satellite/cable "Extra Innings" package, or the internet "" package, i still wouldn't have gotten the game, since that would be blacked out here as well.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 9:13 AM  

  • My daughter tells me she watched the game in its entirety in Cary on ESPN.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 4:06 PM  

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