Major League Baseball is without a doubt only a step removed from the WWE in terms of treating their paying customers like mongrel idiots who don’t deserve to be there. Case in point: MLB.TV, their sorry fucking excuse for an online “Audio & Video” offering.
So, what’s the problem? Let me see if I can explain simply. MLB.TV has this whole thing about blackout areas. So if I live in Madison and the Brewers are playing on the local FSN, you can’t watch it online (though you could probably do some shenanigans with your IP). I understand that; fine. However, what I just learned after waiting on hold for 45 minutes is that the area is blacked out during the game even if the broadcaster declines to actually show the fucking game. So the Brewers are playing, someone somewhere is taping that game, but the local FSN is more interested in showing some bullshit Bucks Live bullshit as if I fucking care about the NBA (now THERE’S a league that hates its fans). And when I said to the customer service guy, “I know this isn’t your fault, personally, but it just reflects badly on the MLB that I paid money, and I have NO way of watching the game.” His response: “Sir, it’s not the MLB’s fault if the broadcaster won’t play the game they have the contract for.” That’s when I was livid: are you telling me the MLB couldn’t get any better terms out of its broadcaster agreement? The fucking company that SHUT BASEBALL THE FUCK DOWN for a season because one incredibly rich set of peoples’ lawyers couldn’t play nice with another incredibly rich set of peoples’ lawyers? And you’re telling me, “boo hoo, those big bad broadcasters can do whatever they want!”
Eat shit and die, MLB. A “contract” is a piece of paper that defines “terms”. If you really cared about your fans and not about how much that new matching gold-plated dildo and cock-ring set was, you would tell the broadcasters: “you get exclusive blackout rights in the home area, but if you don’t actually, you know, show the fucking game, we get to show it online.”
But alas, poor widdle MLB can’t stand up to dose big, bad broadcasting companies. I mean, what if they balked? No one, but no one would agree to terns like that! Showing the game online if the broadcaster refuses to show it live to the home area fans?! That’s fucking kwazy talk!
Again, fuck you MLB. I hate your fucking guts.