Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Major League Baseball Blackout Map

New technology and television standards have made the "Blackout" rules outdated and with the popularity of Internet streamed games that advertise being able to watch games online, MLB needs to reconfigure its "blackout" standards. If you could get the Cubs or WGN online, then you could legitimately blackout the Cubs games online, which isn't the case. The blackout rules apply to television and how and which games your market is allowed to view. However, it doesn't always make sense.

Like any rule, Major League Baseball needs to address its relevancy in the modern world. While this blackout map may have worked pre-expansion and before the cable era, today it is obsolete and can be frustrating.

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