Baseball Fans-Opening Day Will Be Here Soon!

03/25/2013 10:37 AM

The countdown is on for Opening Day of the 2013 Baseball Season on Monday, April 1st, and we want to let fans know what to expect for baseball coverage this season.

Blackouts
The 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) season will have TV blackouts for fans from several teams in the Midwest.

Just like previous years, national broadcasts of several teams will be blacked out on some of the channels for SMU cable customers. These blackouts are a direct result of MLB rules and are not a choice of Spencer Municipal Utilities or the networks. Each network may handle the blackouts differently.

Iowa falls in a zone where a total of six (6) teams are blacked out under MLB rules. Those teams are: Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals.

Every cable or Satellite TV provider in Iowa will experience some blackouts for these teams. In addition to these teams there may be a handful of other games not available in our area due to blackouts throughout the season. While SMU would like to be able to offer these games to our customers, Major League Baseball determines who is able to watch the games on television.

Exceptions
An exception to blackouts for SMU customers due to a programming contract with SMU and Fox Sports North, SMU is able to offer 150 Twins games to customers on Channel 37 and in HD on Channel 237.

The other teams blacked out for Iowa may still occasionally appear. For example, if the Cubs or White Sox are blacked out on some channels, you may still find the game on WGN (channel 14 or 214 in HD).

MLB Network
MLB Network is also available to follow the baseball season on Channel 139 in SD and Channel 339 in HD, included in the SD Plus package.

To check the schedules of what games will be on for SMU Cable Customers, visit the guide available with a SD, HD or DVR box from Spencer Municipal Utilities.

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