LADY AT THE BAT: The Dish on The Dish

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Dish on The Dish

Extra Innings, anyone? If the answer is yes, I hope you're allowed to have a satellite dish where you live. If you know what I'm referring to you know that I mean the Extra Innings Package offered by MLB, whereby fans, when they purchase this package for their cable system, can watch out-of-town baseball games whenever they choose to. If you have this package you probably know that Commissioner Bud Selig and his people are working on a deal to offer the package solely through DirecTV.

I've been listening to sports-talk radio shows about this issue all week. I've heard Selig say that the move to DirecTV would only affect a few people; he claims the percentage is very small. I've also heard talk show hosts and callers complain about how this move would affect a larger percentage of people, including people who get their cable, DSL and phone service in one package; there would be the hassle of, perhaps, having to change their phone numbers and/or email addresses. There are even grass roots efforts springing up, an interesting one being Screwed By Baseball.

There is only one thing about all of this I don't understand: When did Major League Baseball become the NFL? I know that an NFL fan will gladly watch just about any out-of-town game. When did it become popular for a Detroit Tigers fan to watch a Devil Rays-Royals game? I'm a big Yankee fan and I care about what the Red Sox are doing, but I don't think I want to watch Red Sox-Rangers on a Tuesday night. I'm perfectly satisfied with seeing the highlights on Sportscenter. Baseball is a regional sport. That's part of the reason why World Series ratings are so low these days. Fans will only watch it if their team is in it.

Maybe this is the reason Selig feels the move to DirecTV will not affect a lot of people. I don't know. I only know that it never occurred to me to purchase the Extra Innings Package, and I never thought it occurred to that many other people either.

The Lady


Unknown said...

Unfortunately with jobs the way they are few are lucky enough to live where they grew up. Plenty of displaced fans watch EI, fantasy baseball folks do too. And people follow fave players. City folks, condo & apt dwellers, areas with covenants... DTV will end up jacking prices in 08 to make up for the lost viewers.

Shawn Latta said...

I saw some of the Extra Innings package last year. It was great for watching games when my team wasn't playing or to catch a team I don't normally get to see on the east coast. I'm going to miss it now that it's on DirecTV.

For those that really do want to get it, by law, they have the right to get and use a dish.