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Singin' the 'Baseball Blackout Blues'

A little ray of hope might be shining through for fans at their wits' end over baseball's blackout policy, writes John Helyar.

Originally Published: May 15, 2007
By John Helyar | ESPN.com

Major League Baseball's TV blackout rules are so dizzyingly complex as to make a tax attorney weep, and the imposition of blackouts is so maddeningly widespread as to make legions of fans scream.

"The blackout sucks," one fan holds in a recent message-board rant about living in a central Pennsylvania area that is claimed as broadcast territory by four teams. "We're blacked out from all Phils, O's, Nats and Pirates games. My cable co [sic] only carries the Phillies games, so each night ...

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