[I'm posting this here in hopes of getting some dialogue going on this issue]
When are the Cardinals/MLB going to start offering fans the ability to purchase live in-market games streaming over the Internet? Every year you guys reduce the number of games on free television. I attend 40 games a year and I subscribe to the MLB.tv online package. I'm more than willing to pay to watch my Cardinals, but I refuse to be strong-armed into getting cable or satellite.
Why can't you offer a deal on MLB.tv where people can pay a surcharge (say $2/game, or $10/month, or $30/season) and let them watch live in-market games? The surcharge revenue then goes to whoever holds the local broadcast rights in that market.
Television is a media format on the decline. The Internet will be the dominant media in the 21st century. You should focus on making your product available to as many people as possible - that includes people who don't subscribe to cable or satellite who would like to watch their local team play.
Choose the one which best applies to you
I subscribe to MLB.tv already, and would gladly pay more to get in-market games live (11 votes)
I subscribe to MLB.tv already, and I get by with the proxy spoof just fine. (6 votes)
I don't subscribe to MLB.tv because I can't get in-market games live (10 votes)
I'm a happy cable/satellite customer (11 votes)
I'm a reluctant cable/satellite customer (7 votes)
Shut up and buy a dish you ungrateful bastard!!! (7 votes)
52 total votes