MLB Extra Innings Going to DirecTV?

Those of us who are fans of an out-of-market NFL team know the pain: Unless you have enough cash to go to a bar every Sunday for 3 hours, you pretty much have to get DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket. Could this monopoly be coming to Major League Baseball?

Martin writes:

Baseball is my lifeblood for the spring summer and fall and this potential move has me worried about my ability to enjoy my beloved Orioles from the confines of my home in St. Petersburg, Florida. Being a first time homeowner, I don’t want to mar my home with a sat dish.

Is there anything consumers can do to voice their displeasure to MLB’s potential dealings?

Yes, Martin there is. According to TV Predictions, Congress, specifically John Kerry and Arlen Specter, have taken an interest in the MLB Extra Innings issue. It seems they are the main roadblock to an NFL-esque DirecTV monopoly.

“I am opposed to anything that deprives people of reasonable choices. In this day and age, consumers should have more choices — not fewer,” Kerry said in a statement this month. “A Red Sox fan ought to be able to watch their team without having to switch to DIRECTV.”

If you’d like to contact Senator Kerry’s office to express your displeasure:

Senator John Kerry
304 Russell Bldg.
Third Floor
Washington D.C. 20510
(202) 224-2742 – Phone
(202) 224-8525 – Fax

If you’d like to contact Senator Specter’s office:

Washington DC Office
711 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: 202-224-4254

You can also contact your cable company and tell them you’ll leave if DirecTV gets the deal. —MEGHANN MARCO

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