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    Iowa confused or just lucky



    I found this blackout map a little bit ago and found it fascinating that Iowa is the only place in the nation that has five "local" teams. We know that this is somewhat true about football as well, with Green bay, Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and St Louis all nearby, and several more within a days drive. Iowa is not in the middle of nowhere, we are in the center of everything sports related.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    It is actually 6. The blue represents the cubs and sox. And it sucks when any one of those teams in on ESPN.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    Quote Originally Posted by JD720 View Post
    It is actually 6. The blue represents the cubs and sox. And it sucks when any one of those teams in on ESPN.
    One things thats interesting about that map is that when the Cardianals are on ESPN (not on a Sunday), that their game isn't blacked out here like the Cubs are - even though you can get the game on FSN.

    Meanwhile, Cubs games on ESPN are blacked out, even though Mediacom doesn't carry CSN, who has the majority of games this season.

    That map is just another example of how out-dated and asinine MLB's blackout policy is. They're the only one of the 4 major sports leagues that won't allow their customers to pay for their product.

    Really, we're in the same position as people that live in Las Vegas. They get blacked out from the following teams:

    Dodgers, Angels, D-backs, Giants (seriously), and A's (seriously).


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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    Unfortuantly with the creation of the mlb network I don't see anything changing anytime soon.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    I wonder how many Mariner fans live in Eastern Montana



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    Iowa looks like an easter egg with all those pastel colors.

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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    The southern part of Nevada also has 6 blocked teams. Angels, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Padres, A's and Giants.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    Looks like the Cardinals have reach in 10 different states. Impressive. Probably helps that the Royals have been pitiful for the majority of the last 20 years. Luckily, the Royals have perhaps the best player in baseball (or at least the best not named Kinsler) so far this season.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    I still can't figure out why the Astros- Brewers game was blacked out. If it was in Milwaukee, sure, but the game was in Houston.


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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbahotep View Post
    I still can't figure out why the Astros- Brewers game was blacked out. If it was in Milwaukee, sure, but the game was in Houston.
    It doesn't have to do with where the game is. If you live in an area that is designated as a "home" area of said team it will be blacked out, as you're supposed to be able to watch it on your local station such as Fox Sports.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    I think that second map is misrepresented. There should be Cubs' colors all over the map. Seriously though, I think there was more Cubs fans at their game the other night in Arizona... yea, they play spring ball down there, but still.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    Quote Originally Posted by l2alphmacchio View Post
    I think that second map is misrepresented. There should be Cubs' colors all over the map. Seriously though, I think there was more Cubs fans at their game the other night in Arizona... yea, they play spring ball down there, but still.
    The Rays have the same issues. Fielding your team in areas that are populated with retirees is going to hurt attendance and allow those northerners who vacation and retire there to fill up a stadium from time to time.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    It seems like they punish the lower population areas, which is stupid like the whole policy anyway.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    The blackout map is total bull**** and I've been boycotting MLBtv for the last two years because of it. It was great when I lived in Alabama, but on some nights in IA over half the games are blacked out. Hopefully that useless piece of crap Selig will actually fulfill his promise to update these blackout maps next year.



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    Re: Iowa confused or just lucky

    All it means is I get to watch Twins games in Eldridge (Davenport) via DirecTV without having to purchase the MLB package. As a result I have no complaints that our state resembles a Hypercolor T-shirt on that map...


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