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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
For those looking for the game (well…I guess it’s time to load in another disturbing Man with a Camera eppy)...
The 2012 Major League Baseball season kicks off in Japan Wednesday morning with the Seattle Mariners taking on the Oakland Athletics. Yet, for some inexplicable reason MLB has decided not to broadcast either of the two games on ESPN or on MLB Network. Mariners fans are in luck as Root Sports will be broadcasting the games live while MLB TV will air both games on a three hour tape delay. As for the A’s local station Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, the game isn’t going to be shown live or tape delayed.
A’s fans aren’t happy with that decision by Comcast not to show the game. David Koppett the Senior Executive Producer/Live Events for Comcast wrote in response to A’s fans dissatisfaction in regards to not being able to watch the game. He responded with “we did give this a great deal of thought, and there were extensive discussions about it with the A’s and MLB. For contractual reasons (and, honestly, financial and logistical reasons too,) adding these two games would have required trading them for two others on our 144-game regular season schedule. Given that the games will be played at 2 am and 3 am PDT, and that Sharks and Kings conflicts would prevent us from re-airing them in prime time when most viewers could watch, we couldn’t justify losing two games played at friendlier times of day later in the season.
MLB Network will be airing the games at 6 am on Wednesday and Thursday, so you will have an opportunity to see them.
...MLB clearly struck out by not broadcasting the game live and there’s no justifiable excuse for why it is not.
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