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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Light Shining Through The Blackout?

Well, well...perhaps MLB has finally begun to realize the absurdity of their blackout policies.

Living in Sacramento, I'm blacked out of the Athletics and Giants. I can live with that, even if I don't really agree with it. Besides, who wants to watch the 2008 Giants, anyway? And I do have the option of watching the archived version of the game after it's been played, so I don't have to miss a start by Tim Lincecum if I don't want to.

But the poor guy living in Las Vegas or Billings, Montana or Cedar Rapids, Iowa shouldn't be considered part of the home market of six different teams. That's absurd.

There is bound to be resistance to this among many clubs, and the commissioner and his president will probably have to step in and umpire. While the goal of fixing this situation by the start of the 2009 season is encouraging, it's probably not realistic.

It's still a step forward. The bottom line is that the MLB TV package should serve the function of growing interest in the game as well as being a profit center. The blackout was creating a failure of the first function, which in the long run hurts the second. Allowing more fans and potential fans access to the game is good for everyone.

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