Right now, the Dodgers and Giants are playing for the NL West. The A’s and Angels are playing for the AL West. These are two of the most exciting games of the year, classic duels between rivals with divisional crowns and playoff births on the line.
I couldn’t watch either of these games no matter how hard I tried. They’re blacked out on MLB.tv because Fox has national Saturday broadcast rights. Of course, my local Fox channel is showing the news. At some point, they’ll follow with Cops, and maybe a re-run of Seinfeld or two. I could go to the local sports bar, who won’t be able to show the games. I could go to a friends house who has MLB Extra Innings, but you won’t get the games there either.
Major League Baseball has made sure that everyone living in the eastern time zone can’t watch the two most exciting games of the year. Well done, boys. Great way to build your product.