Q: WHAT ARE BLACKOUTS?
A: Blackouts are regional television restrictions distributed in order to protect the local television rights’ holder broadcasting the game. Blackout restrictions are based on the home team’s television territory as defined by Major League Baseball. Blackouts apply regardless if the team is playing home or away, and regardless if there is local coverage or not.
Q: WHAT ARE THE NATIONAL BROADCAST RIGHTS/RESTRICTIONS?
A: During specific days/times, certain national broadcasters have exclusive television rights for distributing MLB games. No games are available on MLB EXTRA INNINGS during the following exclusive national broadcast windows:
ESPN Sunday Night Rights:
No game telecast may be made available at any time during which ESPN is telecasting a LIVE Sunday Night Game. Accordingly, based on ESPN’s schedule for 2015, any game with a start time after 5:05 PM ET, on all Sundays during the regular season cannot be included within the Package.
Q: WHAT ARE THE LOCAL BROADCAST RIGHTS/RESTRICTIONS?
A: If you live in a zip code area that falls within an MLB team’s home television territory, that team’s games will be blacked-out from MLB EXTRA INNINGS. These games will generally be available on that team’s RSN or team affiliated OTA station. Blackouts protect the local rights-holders who arrange separate distribution agreements for their exclusive territories.
Q: HOW ARE HOME MARKETS DETERMINED?
A: Counties/Zip Codes.