So much for MLB being fan-friendly.
The long-awaited MLB deal with DirecTV to put the Extra Innings package exclusively with them has been reached, and it is a 7-year, $700 million deal. While there is still hope that some of the cable systems could pick up the package for their viewers, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it to happen. (They still can't get the NFL Network on cable systems, and part of this MLB deal is that the Baseball Network, which will debut in 2009, will be carried by DirecTV. So what are the odds that the Baseball Network will be on our cable systems?)
What I hate most about this is Bud Selig's cavalier attitude toward most baseball fans. His attitude is "Screw them, there's a whole lot of baseball out there on TV anyway. If they want more, let them buy the dish." He doesn't seem to care that most fans either don't, can't or won't get a satellite dish to get the Extra Innings package. Some places simply can't get a dish to work. And I WILL NOT change my viewing habits that radically to appease those greedy bastards of MLB.
Selig comes off like a really smug asshole in all of this. (Nobody ever said he wasn't one anyway.) He has made more money for the owners with this deal, while shutting out thousands more fans. It's nothing more than another moneygrab for these robber barons.
Here's two good articles from ESPN and CBS Sportsline about this whole mess:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2792214
We may very well be on another slippery road again. Selig seems to be doing his best to alienate baseball fans again. Does anyone in baseball remember 1994?