Wednesday, May 04, 2005


A bunch of us MLB.TV subscribers got a curiously worded email this afternoon about how wonderful it was that the Nationals and MLB were allowing us to watch Nats games on MLB.TV, despite the regular broadcast restrictions. I didn't think much of it at the time, assuming that it was them just taking credit for being generous for something that Jack Evans essentially forced them to do.

How wrong I was.

Those greedy sons of multiple bitches at Park Avenue have royally greased our nether regions. And they're ready to extract their price.

Starting June 1, Nationals games will no longer be seen in the DC area on MLB.TV. They've created a new service, Nationals.TV (Creative name, huh?) Nationals.TV will carry ONLY Nationals games -- nothing more. And it requires a separate subscription from MLB.TV.

So, for the low price of $14.95 monthly I can have access to just the Nats games. That's the same farkin' price they charge for the entire MLB.TV package. That's horseshit. Absolute horseshit.

If I want to watch the Nats and other games, I'm going to be shelling out $30 a month!

Further, they're taking away something they've already been given! I can't imagine that the influx of Nationals fans is putting a massive strain on their servers or anything. There is no rational reason for them to do this, other than they know they have a captive audience, energized and excited. And they're going to suck every last coin out of our pockets. Because they know that we're just flippin' stupid enough to nod approvingly. Well Screw You Selig! And Screw You Angelos!

Why would they do this? Other than money?

Does MASN have a say in this? Despite assurances from the MASN Ass-Clown-In-Chief that Angelos doesn't own the rights and MASN does, we know where the money ultimately ends. How much pressure did that giant hefty-bag full of bulldog crap put on MLB (either personally or through the MASN-Holes) to put the squeeze on us Nats fans.

Because the harder it is for us to access our team and the more expensive alternative means of access are, the more we're going to run clamoring to that other corporate bastard, Comcast, whining and begging them to help us.

In the meantime, the MASN-holes and MLB can point to this subscription service and talk about what friends they are to the fans and how they're doing everything they can to help us have access to our team. Well screw you all!

This has the fat, Cuban Cigar-stained hands of Peter Angelos all over it. And just like everything else that bastard has touched, it's screwed over Washington baseball fans. Screw you Angelos. And screw you Selig. Choke on a Bratwurst.



    Press Release Source: MLB Advanced Media L.P. Suspends Nationals.TV Offer
    Wednesday May 4, 7:57 pm ET

    NEW YORK, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- MLB Advanced Media, (MLBAM) the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, said that with regard to today's offer of a new Nationals.TV product, which would allow fans to watch live video webcasts of Washington Nationals games in market, it has been informed that a distribution deal announced last Friday may preclude the distribution via the interactive media of Nationals games in their home territory. As such, MLBAM has suspended its Nationals.TV offer until further notice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/04/2005 11:34 PM  

  • Evil. Go straight to hell while all of humanity cheers at your plight kind of evil. Evil, evil, evil, #@$%$@!!!!

    So I'm glad to hear that their machinations to screw us over in yet another way are getting thwarted, but is this also going to get in the way of the distribution they have been doing on

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/05/2005 2:14 AM  

  • The future owners may be suckers, but there's no reason to think directv is. They are going to aggressively market their service to nats fans as the only option, so why would they possibly permit blackout games to be shown?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/05/2005 12:10 PM  

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