Thursday, February 23, 2006

Are You Ready For Some (Less) Baseball?

A helpful BPGer shares a MASN press release on this season's upcoming TV Schedule.

Good news for the significant others of you (us!) Comcast-ites, you'll have more time to spend with them, as they'll have fewer games to watch. Yippee! Thank you Peter Angelos! Thank you, Bud Selig!

As if there wasn't enough bad will with all the crap going on with the stadium, Soriano, and all the other distractions, they make it even more difficult to actually watch the games. And no, Comcast (or Cox) isn't blameless in this mess either. They're all corporate, scumsucking monopolies who are trying to bleed the fans dry for every last farkin' nickled they can squeeze out of us.

They're showing only 32 games on over-the-air TV, which would be fine if people had access on cable. There'll be an additional 7 Fox Games (Game 'o the week) and one Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN. Meager scraps, at best.

Nothing's going to get resolved until we get a new owner (or at least a proxy) and we won't get an owner until the lease is finalized. And the lease won't be finalized til MLB decides whether to approve the council's changes or to take the whole thing to arbitration -- the clock's a-tickin', boys!

Sometimes it's hard to love something you hate so much.

9 Comments:

  • I wonder why WDCA isn't showing at least all the weekend games like last season. That's odd. I mean their weeknight programming stinks let alone the reruns and crappy movies they show on the weekends.

    Oh well, I'm glad I have DirecTV. I encourage everyone to get it if at all possible. My condolences to those in apartments and such.

    By Blogger Scott M. Collins, at 2/23/2006 1:32 PM  

  • Wow. I wouldn't have thought it possible to see fewer games this year but there it is.

    I really am speechless.

    By Anonymous Bristow, Va, at 2/23/2006 1:41 PM  

  • I would strongly suggest that you try the MLB.TV package this season - you get every game from every team, and if you miss one you can go back and watch later. I think it cost 80 bucks for the season pass last year. Now, none of this changes the fact that the MASN/Comcast/Angelos/MLB situation totally blows - I've got Comcast - but you can still get around it if you don't want to go the DirecTV route and are willing to pay.

    By Anonymous ck, at 2/23/2006 3:54 PM  

  • The catch is that we're supposed to be blacked out of that.

    There were a bunch of people who weren't able to access it. For some reason, I was still able to watch games, but I'm unsure whether that will continue this year. Maybe they'll crack down?

    And watch this comment post before Ck's....

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2006 3:57 PM  

  • Wait, we'd be blacked out of all Nationals games on MLB.com?

    I was thinking of buying it...

    By Blogger Brandon Kriner, at 2/23/2006 4:40 PM  

  • Yeah. You're blacked out of your home market.

    But last year, for some reason, some people weren't blacked out *coughmecough*, while others *coughbasilcough* were.

    Your best bet is to try it. If it doesn't work, then cancel. I think you have two weeks or so.

    But that applies only to live games. You can watch blackedout games the next day, but who really wants to do that?

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 2/23/2006 4:48 PM  

  • It was decent back when they did the condensed games intelligently, but they cut plate appearances out of those, now.

    Of note, you'll also be blacked out of Orioles games.

    But, at least we don't live near Harrisburg, PA, where they're blacked out of Nats, Orioles, Phillies and Pirates games (and, maybe, the New York clubs -- I forget).

    By Blogger Yuda, at 2/23/2006 10:14 PM  

  • Oh I hate these bastards at MLB. Why would you black out people in a market with no TV deal?

    Actually, why would you black out ANYONE if we are subsidizing the cost of the broadcasts by paying the 80 bucks? It's just bad business!

    By Blogger Brandon Kriner, at 2/24/2006 12:36 AM  

  • Perhaps UPN and WB merging gives ch. 20 enough crappy programming to show on the weekend without having to rerun programs 3 times.

    The only people who will gain by this arrangement are the owners of Damon's and Glory Days.

    Simon Oliver Lockwood

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/24/2006 9:35 AM  

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