Originally Posted by keithbart
So if an away game is not sold out the blackout rule applys to both teams?
MLB blackouts have nothing to do with home or away, tickets sold or even if a game is being aired in the home market.
Using the Cubs as an example. The home market rights to all of their games are owned by Comcast SportsNet, WGN and WCIU. Whether they exercise those rights is up to them for each particular game. When ESPN broadcasts a game, they have the national rights to the game but cannot air the games in the home market for the Cubs or the visitor.
That said, there are going to be many changes in blackout rules during this offseason because of the MLB Network as well as some areas that have no team nearby (Las Vegas in particular) but are claimed by 6 different teams as a home market and are therefore blacked out of national games while the games are not available on any broadcast outlet in the area.