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  1. I like how San Diego is blacked out in Arizona, because, y’know, why not?

    Comment by AARON — April 11, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  2. That’s not as bad as the fact that the new Fox Sports San Diego isn’t carried by two of the cable providers in San Diego county. I’m sure the result will be people going to the stadium and not being pissed off that they can’t watch the team in the city they live in. Good work guys.

    Comment by Drakos — April 11, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

  3. I need to move to that tiny white space in southwestern Florida. Apparently there are no blackout restrictions there. Seems like the perfect place.

    Comment by Adam M — April 11, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

  4. I caution you that white means no data available.

    However, after looking at this map, I like those odds. Count me in.

    Comment by Matt Defalco — April 11, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  5. Any idea why the MLB Network wouldn’t show me the A’s game last night, when I live in Tennessee? I could watch it for free on my iPad though.

    Comment by Jay Wigley — April 11, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

  6. All of Iowa, blacked out to 6 teams. If none of those teams play each other on a given day (with a full slate of games on that day), that’s 40% of the schedule that Iowa can’t see with a package that’s supposed to let them see everything. Makes sense.

    Comment by BillTPA — April 11, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

  7. There is so much advertising dollars to be had and these new TV deals are huge, why is MLB not putting 2 and 2 together?

    Comment by DWrek — April 11, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  8. The solution is to move to a territory for a team which you do not care about. A Royals fan moving to Colorado would get to see all the Royals games, except for once every threee years or so they’d miss 3 games. So this genius set up promotes people moving far enough away so as that it would be unreasonable to attend games in person, and punishes Hawaii.

    Comment by Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets — April 11, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

  9. Does anyone understand the legalities/politics/economics/biomechanics of why MLB does this? It seems that the trick is to watching your team is to move as far away as possible from the team you like while not living in Hawaii.

    Comment by Corey — April 11, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  10. Consider this additional proof that Iowa is not Heaven.

    Comment by reillocity — April 11, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

  11. the worst part is that fox sports doesn’t have any streaming option. you can’t go to a sports bar to watch the game, since it’s not the local game, and you can’t watch it on mlb.tv. At least ESPN puts their Sunday night game on ESPN3.

    Comment by zach — April 11, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  12. In York, PA where i am now i cant see Pittsburg, Philly, Baltimore (not like anyones watching anyway) and Washington…

    Comment by dborghardt6 — April 11, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  13. Honestly, I’d rather watch a bunch of dead guys play baseball than the Cubs, Twins, or White Sox this year.

    Comment by Jack — April 11, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  14. Alaska isn’t even on the map, and the Mariners are blacked out there, because, you know, most Alaskans will happily drive 2,000 miles through Canada to watch the Mariners.

    Comment by Phrozen — April 11, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  15. Lucky for me I am a Yankee fan juuuuust below the blackout line for the Yanks. Central jersey ftw!

    Comment by William — April 11, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

  16. Braves fan in Seattle, lucky my team plays in the opposite corner of the country.
    If i want to watch the Mariners I feel no guilt using a proxy to bypass the dumbass blackout rules

    Comment by brs — April 11, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

  17. “in the case of the Red Sox, which has exclusive blackout rights to New England”

    Connecticut is a part of New England, even if the rest of New England wish that we weren’t.

    Comment by J-Doug — April 11, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

  18. Amen brother.

    And yet, I seem to be in posession of 2 tickets to each of 14 White Sox games. One of wihich involves the Cubs and one the Twins.

    Help me.

    Comment by MikeS — April 11, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  19. Can Alaskans watch Toronto games?

    Comment by ElJosharino — April 11, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

  20. That area looks like the Everglades. Not many people live there, and since there’s not a lot of land there, you might need a boat to live on. Good luck getting good wifi there.

    Comment by Nathan — April 11, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

  21. I’d gladly pay $50 extra a year for MLB.TV to let me watch Yankees games without giving James Dolan $30 of my money each month.

    Comment by Donut3 — April 11, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

  22. AT&T uverse has a package that gives you all the fox sports channels – which is useless during baseball season. Apparently the only language MLB understands is money – so if plenty of fans start complaining to the sponsors of MLB and MLB teams (someone should put a list together for each team) and the sponsors start to listen – there is a (albeit slim) possibility that blackout rules could be reduced and or eliminated – advertisers want eyeballs and telling the sponsors they are missing the opportunity to reach a larger audience might start a movement.

    Other notes
    @MLB twitter account ignores complaints about blackouts
    MLB customer support twitter account has a boilerplate response for blackout complaints
    TV providers customer support can’t help as they are bound by the contract they have with the network/MLB

    My opinion about the ESPN/Fox blackouts on the weekends – I’m OK with this – but there needs to be some flexibility
    On the blackout regions – ABSOLUTLY INSANE – if you live in Las Vegas you are claimed by 6 different teams – but you have no home team – you should have the ability to watch any team you want (if the local cable carries the channel)

    Comment by Jason — April 12, 2012 @ 12:07 am

  23. The one good thing about being British and living in this land of rains and breakfasts that ‘set in’, is that, unlike the well-sunned denizens of Hawaii, we in the 51st State, Limeyland, Airstrip One, if you will, are not subject to such restrictions.

    Freedom, brothers and sisters, freedom.

    And your imbecile forefathers left all this milk and honey behind!

    Comment by martyn — April 12, 2012 @ 6:33 am

  24. I live in Iowa, and MLB makes being a baseball fan very difficult. The worst thing is the only games you can watch on any cable or satelite provider are Cubs and White Sox games and about 3 Cardinals games a year that are on the CW. But after reading this I was happy I am not in the worst location in America, Iowa blacked out of 6 teams Hawaii blacked out of 9. Before I could celebrate, I used Honolulu’s zip code in the blackout finder thing on MLB.com. There were 6 teams. I am not sure what the other 9 are but for now it sure seems like Iowa is the worst place to live and be a baseball fan at the same time.

    Comment by Steven — April 12, 2012 @ 10:37 am

  25. In reality, blackouts for MLB.TV or extra innings package should only exist for regions within about 4-5 hours driving distance from the ballpark, or where ever local broadcast is widely available.

    I still don’t understand why watching the game on your computer is treated differently then on TV. Why couldn’t they just block the out-of-town feed and force you to watch the home feed for games in your region? That way you could show local advertising. Why don’t they have an option to pay double for a no blackouts option? What if I can’t afford cable/satellite? MLB.TV has the potential to be the greatest thing ever, but it is unusable for a huge chunk of fans who are more than willing to pay for the service.

    Comment by Zach — April 12, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  26. There was a time last year when Blue Jays games were only offered on Rogers Sportsnet 1, which was only available in the Greater Toronto Area. Seeing as I’m addicted to those loveable losers and I live in Saskatchewan (AKA “nowhere”), I shelled out for MLB.TV only to find out that ALL Jays games are blacked out live. It’s a 24 hour drive to Toronto from where I live.

    They also block “select” games, like whenever Roy Halladay pitches or any game that a fan would really want to watch.

    If anything, the Jays should block out Twins games which are only a mere 8 hours away.

    Note: I think Toronto games are blacked out in Vancouver, which is so close to Seattle it makes no sense.

    Comment by Matt — April 12, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

  27. when i lived in southern oregon i could watch giants games on mlb.tv without blackouts…mariners games were blacked out though.

    Comment by mooks — April 13, 2012 @ 3:13 am

  28. It’s actually 6 teams, all the West Coast teams. Hawaii is as far away or farther away from each of these teams than New York City.

    I’ve been a subscriber to MLB.tv since 2009, but no more. I’m probably not the only one. Makes perfect business sense, right?

    Comment by KC Royal Hawaiian — April 15, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  29. I like how Hawaii isn’t even on that map, because Fuck Hawaii.

    Comment by The Dude Abides — April 16, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  30. Using a Sony Google Tv and the Google Chrome browser, i am able to watch any games for some unknown reason. When I should be blacked out of six teams.

    Comment by Bob Smith — May 30, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

  31. Jeremy,

    You can actually use an app called UnoDNS to get around the MLB blackout restriction. You can read about it here: http://help.unotelly.com/solution/articles/25899-how-to-get-around-mlb-tv-blackout-and-watch-your-home-team-and-blue-jays-if-you-are-canadian-

    Comment by Nick — September 10, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  32. I recently relocated to Mobile, AL from Wisconsin only to discover that any game involving the Tampa bay Rays is blacked out in this market.

    Atlanta is six hours away, Tampa is ten hours away, but MLB blacks the Rays out anyway. This kind of rank stupidity will soon put MLB popularity below that of MLS if it’s not there already.

    I know this sound naive, but can’t these owners think of the fans in a sport that is bleeding them? Please?

    Comment by Chip Ramsey — September 12, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

  33. I am blacked out of the Reds. If I lived just 20 minutes away I could watch them. I am even blacked out on MLB.TV. I can’t watch them if they are on ESPN because according to Major League Baseball, I am supposed to watch Fox Sports Ohio. But I can’t get Fox Sports Ohio unless I order a special sports pack on DirectTV or Dish Network, but according to the satellite companies websites I will not be able to watch the Reds if I get the sports pack because I am out of the Reds territory. So I am in the Reds territory but at the same time I am not in the Reds territory and I’m blacked out of MLB.TV which is supposed to for out of market games. The only team I want to watch is the Reds.

    Comment by James — April 21, 2013 @ 4:02 am

  34. blah blah blah blah blah

    Comment by alfred e newman — July 20, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

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