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2010 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PREDICTIONS

April 4, 2010

 

A.L. EAST

1. Boston

2. * New York Yankees

3. Tampa Bay

4. Baltimore

5. Toronto

A.L. CENTRAL

1. Detroit

2. Chicago White Sox

3. Minnesota

4. Kansas City

5. Cleveland

A.L. WEST

1. Seattle

2. Los Angeles

3. Texas

4. Oakland

N.L. EAST

1. Philadelphia

2. Atlanta

3. Florida

4. New York Mets

5. Washington

N.L. CENTRAL

1. St. Louis

2. Cincinnati

3. Milwaukee

4. Chicago Cubs

5. Houston

6. Pittsburgh

N.L. WEST

1. Los Angeles

2. * Colorado

3. Arizona

4. San Francisco

5. San Diego

* Wild Card

2009 MLB PREDICTIONS

April 5, 2009

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A.L EAST

1. Boston Red Sox

2. New York Yankees- * Wild Card

3. Tampa Bay Rays

4. Toronto Blue Jays

5. Baltimore Orioles

 

A.L. CENTRAL

1. Minnesota Twins

2. Cleveland Indians

3. Kansas City Royals

4. Chicago White Sox

5. Detroit Tigers

 

A.L. WEST

1. Oakland A’s

2. Los Angeles Angels

3. Texas Rangers

4. Seattle Mariners

 

 

N.L. EAST

1. New York Mets

2. Philadelphia Phillies-  *Wild Card

3. Atlanta Braves

4. Florida Marlins

5. Washington Nationals

 

N.L. CENTRAL

1. Chicago Cubs

2. Milwaukee Brewers

3. Cincinnati Reds

4. St. Louis Cardinals

5. Hoston Astros

6. Pittsburgh Pirates

 

N.L. WEST

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

2. Arizona Diamondbacks

3. San Francisco Giants

4. Colorado Rockies

5. San Diego Padres

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STILL HATES LAS VEGAS

February 6, 2009

Have you ever wondered why, when you live in Connecticut, Red Sox, Yankees AND Mets games are blacked out ? (even if you buy the MLB Extra Innings package) ?

Have you ever wondered while you’re in Vegas why all the Dodgers, A’s, Giants, Padres, Angels, and Diamondback games aren’t shown?

Maybe you’ve been on your computer in Alaska or Idaho and can’t figure out why the frick you can’t get a Seattle Mariners game.

Well, Major League Baseball wants you to know there really isn’t a reason. But, get used to it.

Apparently everybody in Las Vegas and all of you MLB Extra Innings subscribers are going to have to suffer through another season of Major League Baseball’s arcane blackout rules. Can’t Stop The Bleeding says the tightening economy will likely force MLB to stick with the status quo and screw multitudes of fans in secondary “Big League” markets.

Right now SIX Major League teams (all the California ones plus the Arizona Diamondbacks) claim Las Vegas as THEIR market. They all black out home and away games in the Las Vegas market. This happens even if you spend $200 and buy the MLB Extra Innings package from Direct TV, Dish Network or your local cable company. The games are all still blacked out even if  you paid a couple hundred bucks to get “all of the games.” MLB even blacks out games on your computer. Las Vegas isn’t the only market affected by baseball’s draconian rules. Iowa gets eight teams blacked out. Guam and Canada also have games blocked.

MLB is so stupid that they’re using blackout rules that were written before the invention of color television to regulate 21st century satellite technology.  Every year ripped-off fans scream to MLB to change their blackout policies. Every year those pleas fall on deaf ears. This year MLB promised to look into the situation and change it. They lied.

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Baseball’s COO, Bob DuPoy, seemingly came up with a compromise plan. Any team that hasn’t broadcast in one of its markets “for over a year” would lose its ability to restrict games in that market. Unfortunately, with the reeling economy, Major League owners are balking at even this. Owners are claiming  (in an article written byMaury Brown for the Biz of Baseball) that they don’t want to lose a portion of their “television territory.” Even in areas they NEVER broadcast to.

That’s right, MLB wants to black out games you pay for simply so they can lie to advertisers about how many fans their regional games reach!

 

 

AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE ABOVE MAP, (FROM THE BIZ OF BASEBALL), ALMOST EVERY INCH OF THE U.S. HAS A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME BLACKED OUT SOMEWHERE

SURPRISE! MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL LIES TO FANS AGAIN

November 22, 2008

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Major League Baseball has the most arcane and outdated tv blackout policies of any sport. Even if you pay hundreds of dollars for the Major League Baseball Extra Innings package via cable or satellite dish you still may have hundreds of games blacked out. You won’t be able to watch those games depending on what market you live in. MLB even blacks out games that you order on your computer. These blackouts apply to home AND away games. Even those that aren’t televised.

Any Major League Baseball team can claim any city as within their “home” area. At times those areas that are blacked out can seem completely stupid and arbitrary. For instance, people in Montana can’t get Seattle Mariners games. All live Major League games are blacked out in Guam and the Virgin Islands. Also, Toronto Blue Jays home games are blacked out throughout the entire nation of Canada. Even people thousands of miles from Toronto in British Columbia can’t get Blue Jays games-even if they pay for them. It seems idiotic that MLB expects that people in Billings will drive hundreds of miles to Seattle every game or that people in Vancouver B.C. would go to Toronto games. Unfortunately, The blackout policy was devised before the invention of satellite dishes or even the widespread emergence of cable tv and MLB simply never updated their policies.

Here in Las Vegas, the policy is among the worst in America. SIX teams claim Las Vegas as “home” territory. All five California teams (the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels) and the Arizona Diamondbacks have their games blacked out in Vegas. This isn’t some MLB plot to pick on Vegas because of their gambling policies. Sections of Iowa have SEVEN clubs that black them out.

Tired of taking thousands of phone calls every year from irate viewers who pay good money for their Extra Innings package, Major League Baeball “promised” to fix their archaic blackout policies once they established their new MLB Network. They lied.

The MLB Network is soon to be up and running but baseball has pushed back a decision on their blackout policy.

 

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