Help make Direct TV and the Dish put Tigers games back on the air!!

In their infinite wisdom, and their never ending greediness, the brains at Direct TV and the Dish Network have been blacking out all the Detroit Tigers games this year. I am sure it has to do with the new MLB package that they offer for a mere $160. This in my opinion is criminal. I have contacted both Direct TV and the Detroit Tigers and of course each one blamed the other and MLB for the blackouts. I am posting a website with a petition to lift the blackouts and put the Tigers, and other teams, back on the air. Please Help!! I am not sure how to post a link, but here is the site www.tigerstvforall.com, you just go to the site and sign the petition.

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It's not because they want you to buy Extra Innings (that the package you speak of). Because you'll find if you buy that then Detroit, Cleveland, and Cinci games are blacked out as well. Blackouts are controlled by the individual teams and MLB. You're complaining to the wrong people. Most likely this is happening because Detroit attendance at games is pretty poor and they're losing money.

This in my opinion is criminal.
If we have a legal right to watch Detroit Tigers' games then something is really screwed up. :-)

I have called to complain. It is Direct TV fault as the games are on cable fine. Last year they block out Cleveland and that was fine with me. Now that the Tigers are good, they block them out.

" Most likely this is happening because Detroit attendance at games is pretty poor and they're losing money."

This is a joke right?

So I cant watch the Indians or the Tigers? This is f*cking frustrating. I am not a Red's fan at all. I love the Tigers, but would have lived with watching the Indians here and there. Completely dumb.

Just think of this in terms of how close you are to the markets? Toledo is 45 minutes from Detroit, 1.5 hours from Cleveland and 3+ hours to Cincinnati. WHY IN THE WORLD DOES THIS MAKE SENSE TO DO? People living in Toledo more apt to be either Detroit or Cleveland fans.

Let me check my facts here. I have Dish network. I have the Fox channel. Am I understanding this correctly that BECAUSE I HAVE Dish that they will black out those games?

B/C I could get Fox over free air, correct? My question is that if I do NOT have Dish, would I be able to pick up Fox and watch the games?

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

And I doubt I'll understand it. I will just go to see the Hens play. But what will the sports junkies do?

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

"I'd be willing to bet there are more Indians/Reds fans in Toledo than Tigers fans."

LOL, now that is funny.

Anyways I am sitting waiting for the Cubs/Cinn day game to come on on Friday and guess what? It is blacked out. Fucking dumb. Do we get to see any games with Direct TV? How bad is this?

DETROIT -- Apparently enough Tiger fans in the Toledo area complained, because DirecTV has made a change that allows their Northwest Ohio customers to watch Tiger games on FSN Detroit. When the season began, fans there couldn't watch the Tigers, even if they purchased the MLB Extra Innings package. Now, the way I understand it, FSN Detroit games are once again available on DirecTV in that area. There's still a problem with Dish Network, though.

Read the story here- You won!

Yup I am seeing them on here!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

see, you can make a difference.

the games are being shown in toledo on buckeye cable, on fox sports detroit. the same channel is available on directtv (i watched all the games on it last year) yet on the directtv version the games are blacked out. also, the games that were in kansas city were blacked out, and other games in all parts of the country are blacked out, which have nothing to do with detroit's market. so wanna tell me again how the blackout rules work, because i didn't research this at all. the ones responsible are direct tv and dish.

"This is a joke right?"

It must be considering they were complaining on Detroit radio last week that while the Tigers had people lined up to buy season tickets the Red Wings only had 7 people in line when playoff tickets went on sale.

MikeyA

MikeyA

Been doing a little research, and from FSN Detroit I found an answer. Evidently DirecTV and Dish Network moved the Toledo area into the broadcast area for Fox Sports Ohio/Cincinatti instead of Fox Sports Detroit. Techinically these games aren't "blacked out" as that is controlled by MLB. Instead DirecTV and Dish Network aren't even offering FSN Detroit (you can't get any shows on FSN Detroit, no Sport Report, no Tigers, no college sports, etc). If it were a true blackout then over-the-air Detroit games on Fox-36 would also be blacked out, but that isn't the case.

Here's the problem for DirecTV....there are several people (including me) who like this setup better. I would rather get FSN Ohio/Cincinatti because I'm a national league fan and University of Kentucky fan. Both of those are shown on Fox Sports Ohio/Cincinatti. Last year I didn't get FSN Ohio/Cincy on my DirecTV but got FSN Detroit. This year I get FSN Ohio/Cincinatti but not FSN Detroit.

This is a joke right?
I know this isn't the reason for the "blackouts" now, but it still was within the realm of possibility. With the exception of last year when they barely were above average in attendance, the Tigers have been significantly below average for MLB teams despite the fact they are one of the largest markets.

No, Dish Network and DirecTV will still show Fox-36 games. Fox-36 is a Fox Network affiliate. That's completely different from Fox Sports Net. We're talking about Fox Sports Net. There are probably 30 Fox Sports Net affiliates around the country (Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports West, etc, etc, etc), but none of them are over-the-air. They are cable-only networks.

Again, these aren't blackouts, it's that the two satellite companies have chosen to put Toledo in the Fox Sport Ohio area instead of the Fox Sports Detroit area (right or wrong, they figure a larger percentage of the market wants that instead of FSN Detroit). Fox Sports Ohio carries Indians and Reds baseball games, not Tigers games. If the satellite companies switch to Fox Sports Detroit then you'll see the Indians games dropped because you they're only giving one FSN sports channel. Either way, someone will probably be upset. I recommend switching to Buckeye if it's a big enough deal. You still have that option.

The flukey thing about this all is that Toledo is actually in the MLB-defined viewership area for the Tigers, Indians, and Reds. What that means is if you order Extra Innings you will be blaced out per MLB rules (this is true all over the country, not just here). However, for satellite purposes the companies are giving us FSN Ohio which does not cover Tigers games.

Something very similar happened to me when I lived in Kentucky. Growing up the part of the state I lived in was almost 100% Cardinals country. We were listed by MLB as being in Cardinals viewership regions (and Cardinals games were carried on FSN Midwest), but all the cable and satellite companies defined us as being in the FSN South regions. We didn't get FSN Midwest and we would have been blacked out of FSN Midwest if we tried to get Extra Innings to watch the cardinals. What eventually happened was that the cable companies allowed us access to FSN Midwest during the Cardinals games and then cut the feed immediately following. Apparently something similar is going on with Buckeye Cable.

"Instead DirecTV and Dish Network aren't even offering FSN Detroit (you can't get any shows on FSN Detroit, no Sport Report, no Tigers, no college sports, etc)."

I have direct tv and i get FSD every second of the day, until the tigers come on. Then it comes back the second the game is over.

"there are several people (including me) who like this setup better. I would rather get FSN Ohio/Cincinatti"

yeah, they are called kentukians and cincinnatans or whatever the hell you call people from cincinatti. You aren't in southern ohio anymore, nobody here gives a you know what about kentucky or cincy, or the national league for that matter.

Maybe you need to check again. I just checked my FSN Detroit again (on DirecTV) and it is off. This is the reason whether you like it or not. You seem really bitter about this whole thing as evidenced by your last comment.

nobody here gives a you know what about kentucky or cincy, or the national league for that matter.

Obviously someone does. :-) I'd be willing to bet there are more Indians/Reds fans in Toledo than Tigers fans. From my experience in Toledo there are fewer Tigers fans than Indians fans. Could be wrong, but that's my perception. Of course some of that changed last year with the first good year in a decade by the Tigers.

Do me a favor and check your DirecTV again and see if FSN Detroit is still on. I'm betting it isn't seeing as mine isn't on.

There may be more Indians than Tigers fans but I'd venture to say it's more 50/50. However I know there are many Indians fans who watch the Tigers to see former Hens. So I'd argue Tigers would be better.

As for the Reds, I know a ton of baseball fans probably 50+. I know only 2 Reds fans.

MikeyA

MikeyA

fsn final score, channel 636, on as it always is until tiger games start

So if it's Indians and Tigers 50/50 then wouldn't the two Reds fans make my statement true? :-)

The point I'm trying to make is this: From DirecTV and Dish Networks' perspective will they please more customers in Toledo by having FSN Ohio (showing Reds, Indians, Blue Jackets, and Cavaliers as well as a host of Ohio college sports programming) or FSN Detroit (showing Tigers, Red Wings????, and a host of Michigan college programming)? I don't know what the real answer is, and it doesn't really matter because they've alread made their minds up. They went with FSN Ohio. They must think more people in Toledo rather have that station as opposed to FSN Detroit.

I also wanted to clear the air that this isn't because DirecTV and Dish Network are trying to get us to buy Extra Innings for $160. This is a blackout zone for every Tigers, Indians, and Reds game, so there will be a "real-deal" blackout for every one of those games. It wouldn't do any good.

Because the real travesty is that WGN only airs a FRACTION of the Cubs games they used to.

:)

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