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Sport MLB Blackouts Will Continue as Baseball Strives for Goal of Limiting Viewership

17:46  09 july  2020
17:46  09 july  2020 Source:   thebiglead.com

ESPN’s Doris Burke opens up about COVID-19 struggle, NBA’s resumption concerns

  ESPN’s Doris Burke opens up about COVID-19 struggle, NBA’s resumption concerns When asked about the challenges the NBA will face as it attempts to mount a comeback next month, Burke didn’t mince words.“The thing that I felt the most was fatigue and headache,” Burke said about having coronavirus. “So for a good stretch of the first two weeks of that, I was just thinking I had a bad flu, because my symptoms were not aligning with what was being told were the main symptoms — the shortness of breath, the pressure on the chest — I didn’t have those scary symptoms. So for a good stretch of time, I didn’t think I had it. But then I finally decided to get tested.

Major League Baseball is well-known for its annoying blackout policy and they have no intention of doing anything differently in a pandemic-shortened season. Buster Olney reported that even though fans will not be allowed in the stands, MLB will still black out local games on streaming services. It is truly amazing how many opportunities the sport is willing to throw away during this unprecedented time.

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You would think that MLB would want to make the best of a bad situation. People are desperate for sports right now and instead of making baseball available to every possible person, they are just doing more of the same. We already know that every practice and scrimmage should be on local television. This could be their chance to make people fans again, but they don't care.

If they cared they'd have games spread out for maximum exposure. Just look at opening day(s). The first baseball game of the season is a 7:08 p.m start. The second game is 10:08 p.m Eastern. They might as well schedule that Giants - Dodgers game at the same time as one of the KBO broadcasts.

The second day of the season will feature ONE day game. A 4:10 p.m start. Why isn't there a noon game? Were they too busy arguing over prorated salaries to hear the news that like 40 million people are out of work and another large swath of the country is working from home? There are plenty of weekdays where there isn't a baseball game before 6 p.m. It seems the league's only competition right now is their own bad decisions.

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While the NHL isn’t identifying who has tested positive for the coronavirus or which team(s) they play on, it appears that the Blues have been hit by the virus. Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports (subscription required) that multiple players have tested positive and their identities have not been disclosed. As a result, the team has closed their practice facility through the weekend with the hopes of reopening on Monday. © William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports Some of the St. Louis Blues players have tested positive for COVID-19.

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This is interesting!