If you are an out-of-market fan of a baseball team, whether you're a transplant like me or just grew up rooting for a non-home team, you've had a few options for the past few years. MLB had a package called Extra Innings that gave you eight or so games a night around the country. Most cable networks offered this package for about $40 a month, as did DirecTV and Dish Network.
But DirecTV is about to announce that they will be the exclusive provider of Extra Innings for the next seven years. They are paying Major league Baseball $700 million for the rights, and includes the development of a 24-hour baseball channel that will kick off in 2009.
Thanks to MetsBlog and Hot Foot for the tip.
Who this really screws over are people who live in condos or apartments whose leases prohibit the installation of satellite dishes.