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Sam and Craig Goldstein bring on Wendy Thurm to talk about a big ruling out of New York that could affect MLB’s television territories and blackouts.


  • Team TV contracts
  • Regional sports networks
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • MLB.TV
  • Antitrust lawsuit involving TV blackouts


Ben is taking the day off. This is the second time he has missed a recording; the previous time was Episode 8.


  • Regional sports networks (RSNs) charge cable companies a carriage fee in order to partially cover the costs they are paying to teams. These negotiations have become more contentious since RSNs are asking for more money. This results in cable companies not carrying the networks, which means fans cannot watch games.
  • Cable companies need to figure out if they will bundle RSNs as part of a sports package or charge each subscriber a fee, even if they do not watch the channel.
  • Several cable companies in Houston have not carried Astros games for the last two seasons.
  • Wendy does not expect to see any more overly large/long TV contracts signed in the near future.
  • There is a current lawsuit pending against MLB that asserts that TV blackouts violate antitrust rules.