Tonight’s game at the Trop between the Rays and the Orioles will not be seen on the MLB’s “Extra Innings” package.
Why? Because of The Commodores.
Tonight is the first of several scheduled postgame concerts that the Rays will feature following Saturday home games. To accommodate the concerts, the Rays have moved the start times of Saturday home games up to 6:10 (as opposed to the normal start time of 7:10).
Of course the new start time falls within the Fox Network’s national exclusive broadcast window.
National Live Blackout (Regular Season): Due to Major League Baseball national exclusivities, for each Saturday game beginning April 19, with a scheduled start time after 1:10 PM ET or before 7:05 PM ET, and for each Sunday game that begins after 5:00 PM ET, all scheduled webcasts of such games will be blacked out.
Therefore, even though all of the Fox games broadcast in the Eastern Time Zone will be over long before 6:00 pm, the “Extra Innings” package still cannot broadcast the game, because the Rays want to subject fans at the game to the arthritic stylings of The Commodores.
Although I cannot find an explanation, the game appears to still be available on MLB.tv, even though the same blackout rules apply.
For those of you that rely on the “Extra Innings” package to follow the Rays, please be advised, you will not be able to watch another Saturday home game until August 30th.