From what we understand this map is used to determine which games are blacked out in specific areas on MLB.tv. We assume this also applies to coverage through “MLB Extra Innings” packages (can somebody verify that?). Specifically, anywhere you see a “TBD” on the map (blue, yellow, green), you would be unable to watch Tampa Bay Rays games through MLB.tv or “Extra Innings”.
According to the map, the Rays’ territory includes roughly everything in Florida north of Cocoa Beach on the east coast and Naples on the west coast. For some reason, The Rays territory also includes southwest Alabama. It’s true. We assume that is the equivalent of staking a claim to Easter Island. Most of the people in SW Alabama probably don’t even know the Rays exist.
According to the Rays, 142 games will be broadcast live in Florida with the games nearly evenly split between Fox Sports Florida and local networks that broadcast games from the Rays TV Network. What we don’t know is how many of these games are available to Rays fans throughout the state of Florida.
Are there areas (Gainesville, Tallahassee) where some or all of these games are not available?
Can anybody shed some light on this for those of us that are fortunate enough to not be living in the state of Florida during baseball season? It seems strange to us that almost every single game will be available to us when we are splitting our time between Texas and New York City and yet there might be fans in north Florida that cannot see some or all of the games because of blackout restrictions. Or why more games would be available to somebody living in West Palm Beach.
Of course the biggest surprise of this map, is that Tampa/St. Pete is not considered part of the Yankees territory.
Check Local Listings For The Games In Your Area [Bleed Cubbie Blue]
MLB takes action to reduce TV blackouts [Yahoo! Sports]
Rays unveil 2008 TV schedule [MLB]
Remapping Florida Within The United Countries Of Baseball [Rays Index]