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ESPN's blackout policy on baseball

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JBHawkEye, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Well-Known Member

    What is ESPN's blackout policy on MLB games? (Forgive me if this has been asked before here).

    Last night, the Tigers-White Sox game was blacked out in our area on ESPN. Tonight, the Twins/Red Sox game was blacked out on ESPN2.

    Anyone know what the policy is?
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Policy? Hah... you're at the mercy of whichever way they feel like doing things
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    If the game is being showed on a local broadcast or cable station then it's blacked out on ESPN.
  4. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    Except I couldn't find the Hawktard broadcast anywhere, not that I tried very hard.
  5. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    That might have been one of those games that was broadcast on WCIU. If you're south enough of the city, you likely don't get that channel.
  6. KP

    KP Active Member

    And that doesn't explain why he wouldn't get tonight's Twinkies-Other Dead Sox game.
  7. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Perhaps Berman was announcing one of the games and his mere presence forced a blackout.
  8. Smokey33

    Smokey33 Member

    I think it has to do with which teams are considered your home teams.

    Look at this map: http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i247/drawer2000/MLBBLACKOUT.jpg

    Since you're in Iowa, it looks like ESPN games would be blacked out in your area if they involved the Cubs, White Sox, Twins, Royals, Cardinals or Brewers. I don't think the blackouts apply to Sunday night games, as only ESPN broadcasts those.
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