Will the season get underway with the current television blackout policy in place for MLB, or will the third time be the charm?
Owners will convene in Arizona’s Paradise Valley today to begin their quarterly meetings with the blackout policy a hotbed of discussion. The owners have tabled the television blackout territory issue in the last two meetings, even as pressure mounts from consumers that purchase MLB Extra Innings, the league’s out-of-market package each year.
To add to the mix, the new MLB Network is airing 26 games this season, meaning approx. 50 million subscribers may deal with the issue. To get around the vexing problem, MLB Network will show alternate games where blackouts are in play.
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