Originally Posted by LL3HD
I'm not disagreeing with your statement but I am curious to know why then, as Mike original questioned, we do not get another game instead of a blackout screen? Am I correct in my post, where even though they are not contractually obligated to provide a game, they chose not to as to not interfere with the untapped revenues?
Simple. There was no other game to show.
For games that fall under the national broadcast contracts (ESPN Sunday night and Fox Saturday afternoon), the network sets the game's start time. For all other games, the local team sets the start time, often in conjunction with their own broadcast partners. ESPN often provides national broadcasts of games all day on opening day on both ESPN and ESPN2, but they're at the mercy of the home teams as to when those games start. Today, the Yankee game was the only 1pm start, while there was one 2pm game (broadcast on ESPN2) and three 3pm games. ESPN doesn't have standing to force the teams to reschedule their games, since ESPN negotiates with the league, not the teams.
It sucks if you want to be able to tune into ESPN-HD and see a game, no matter what game it is, but in this particular case TWC was carrying every single MLB game that started at 1pm in HD, just on YES-HD rather than ESPN. Last night was another story altogether, since there was one game in all of baseball which was being broadcast in HD on ESPN2HD, which we don't get despite repeated promises from TWC.