When it comes to watching baseball, fans in Iowa and Las Vegas bear the brunt of the television network deals because they are unable to follow their favorite teams, making them less likely to bet on online MLB sports betting odds.
Bruce Arnold, a long-time baseball fan that lives in Iowa and has a second home in Las Vegas knows just how hard it is to follow his favorite team.
With the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago White Sox all claiming Iowa as their home territory, it is impossible to watch all six teams on television. The six teams also make up almost half of the 15 baseball games televised on a nightly basis, leaving fans in Iowa with very few options.
According to Arnold, it is a hit or miss situation with those teams every night because baseball fans don’t know which games will be televised on any given night.
Las Vegas suffers from the same problem. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants all claim Las Vegas as their home territory.
According to Matt Bourne, MLB’s vice president for business communications, these territories were created decades ago to prevent teams that aren’t from one area from promoting in different parts of the country. The rule prevented teams like the Boston Red Sox from poaching fans from the Baltimore Orioles because they didn’t belong in the same territory.
While the rule was effective in the past, a lot of people believe it has outlived its usefulness. The rule currently prevents territories without an MLB team from watching other teams in their region, instead, they are forced to watch whatever teams their local station broadcasts, unless they pay extra for the MLB League Pass or subscribe to MLB.com.
The MLB blackout rule isn’t affecting Bruce Arnold much right now because he subscribes to the MLB Extra Innings television package, which provides him with access to San Francisco Giants games. Arnold will be affected by the rules when he retires in a few years because he plans on moving to Las Vegas after retirement.
Because of the blackout rules, Arnold won’t get access to Giants games because they are one of the six teams that claim Las Vegas as their territory. Even when the Giants are playing a team like the New York Mets, whose games can be broadcast in Las Vegas, the game would not be broadcast in Las Vegas because it is against the San Francisco Giants.
If the blackout rules weren’t bad enough, baseball fans in Las Vegas have to pay about $200 per month for MLBs Extra Innings, or $109.99 forMLB.TV’s online streaming service, which allows them to watch 100 games per week. Unless one of the six teams that claim Las Vegas as a territory are playing.
So, unless you are one of the T-Mobile customers that took advantage of the free MLB.TV subscription they offered last week, it isn’t really worth it to pay for the MLB packages if you live in Iowa or Las Vegas.