Last season, I got the Extra Innings baseball package on my cable system, for $149. I got most out-of-town games, and it was great. It was cool to see Red Sox games that I didn't see at Professor Thom's. It was also great to see games late night on a typical June or July night when there was nothing much else on.
But the word has come down that Extra Innings will NOT be offered on cable again, and it will be shown exclusively on DirecTV. And it was also announced that the Baseball Channel, a 24-hour all baseball network, will be offered on DirecTV only. A dream for all baseball nuts like myself will only happen if you've got a satellite dish.
Bah humbug. Another lousy trend. Anything to bleed the American consumer out of more money.
For more on all of this, check out this article in The New York Times:
I still can't get the NFL Network here because Cablevision, which I have, can't negotiate a deal to bring it on their systems, and now I can't get Extra Innings in 2007 unless I go out and get a satellite dish.
I guess I'll be spending even more time in the bar watching the Red Sox in 2007.