Friday, May 23, 2008

A Programming Note From MASN About's Saturday's Game...

Fox and being tied with Major League Baseball -- BOO!

Anyhow, for those of you who will be on Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend in front of your new HDTV LCD TV's, or regular tube...

Major League Baseball regulations prohibit regional telecasts of MLB games during the national blackout window from 1:10 pm to 7:05 pm on Saturdays. This protects the national broadcast of the Fox Saturday Game of the Week.

As the home team, Tampa Bay chooses the game’s start time and decided to begin this Saturday’s game early, at 6:10 pm. Since the start is within MLB’s blackout window, MASN is prevented from showing the start of the game.

Therefore, MASN will join the game in progress with live coverage starting at 7:00 pm. After the game, MASN will still carry manager Dave Trembley’s post-game press conference, as well as player interviews and game highlights on O’s Xtra with Rick Dempsey and Tom Davis.

I guess Tampa Bay didn't get the time change notice (no, seriously the Rays did not want a 7:10pm game start to coincide with their concert series they hold on Saturday nights down there after the game).

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