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Written by The Staff
Saturday, 07 April 2007 13:27
While the St. Louis Cardinals are World Series Champions, catching games on television in the St. Louis area won't be as easy this season. FSN Midwest is blacking out games in the central Illinois, parts of Iowa and Kentucky. The issue is between Fox Sports Net and DirecTV and Dish Network. As reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Illinois areas impacted include the Springfield, Peoria, Champaign, and Bloomington-Normal areas, FSN spokesman Geoff Goldman said, adding the St. Louis market is not affected. FSN wants to be included in the basic service package, while the satellite operators have included it in a sports package that costs about $6-12 more a month.
And, it's not just FSN that is impacting viability—over-the-air, free television broadcasts of the Cardinals are impacted, as well -- dramatically. As
reported separately by the St. Louis Post Dispatch: They have 21 games scheduled on KSDK (Channel 5), 19 fewer than the club had on KPLR (Channel 11) last season and 58 fewer than the 79 games the club had on over-the-air TV in 1991-93. Those without cable or satellite TV will be affected even more should the Cardinals reach the postseason.
Major League Baseball is pulling one League Championship Series off over-the-air television and placing it exclusively on cable and satellite television.