Every year about this time. I go to MLB.tv and think about signing up so I can watch some games online. Before I do this, I check out the blackout zone for the Cincinnati Reds, because I figure a good 2/3 of the games I would want to watch involve the Reds.
Every year, I am disappointed to see that the Cincinnati Reds (Along with the Atlanta Braves, and St. Louis Cardinals) claim me in their home market. Thus, all games I would want to watch from the Reds are available on Fox Sports Ohio. Or I could just buy a ticket and go to the ball park.
Did I mention I live in Mississippi. It takes me nine hours to drive to Cincinnati. Obviously I should be driving to all the games, why am I thinking about wanting to catch the game on TV. Oh, and Fox Sports Ohio, yeah, we don’t have that here. Everyone and their brother is obsessed with the Cardinals here.
So I can sort of understand being in St. Louis’s blackout zone. I mean it’s only 5 hours there, and 5 hours to Atlanta.
But Cincinnati, seriously. I just don’t understand the rationale for me being in their blackout zone.
Because of this, I keep my $125 every year, and again go all year with only looking at the scores the next day, or following on twitter, or getting the scores texted to me.
Can a smarter person than me please explain how the MLB is making more money by not taking all this TV money, and mlb.tv revenue because they allow teams to claim markets that are seriously unreasonable?
Or maybe I’m just the one being unreasonable. I should be getting in my car and heading up to Cincy for all the games.