It's now official. Baseball's deal with The Devil, er, DirecTV, is now done. Out-of-town baseball games can now only be seen on satellite, as a last-ditch effort by cable operators to get Extra Innings was torpedoed by MLB because of the impasse at getting The Baseball Channel on basic cable when it begins in 2009, among other things.
Baseball has sold its loyal fans down the river yet again for a larger payday, this time a seven-year, $700 million deal. Bob Raissman, in today's New York Daily News, had a great take about this mess.
"MLB's move brought an immediate charge from cable execs that Bud Selig's TV people would rather spend a night naked in the Alaskan wilderness than alter their sweet, seven-year, $700 million 'Extra Innings' deal with DirecTV."
Ain't that the truth.
I really enjoyed watching all of those out-of-town games last year on Extra Innings. However, as I've said before, I will not change my cable to satellite to satisy these robber barons. Selig and his minions are once again doing their best to alienate their loyalest fans. Screw him.