Yeah...I sent an email using that link. My response came from a local Comcast rep. who makes it sound like they have no control over the situation. It sounds like BS to me. Just wish someone could give us a straight answer. See there response:
Thank you for contacting Comcast via e-mail.
The broadcast (and cablecast) right to carry a Major League Baseball
game is strictly controlled by MLB and the "local" team playing in the
Each team has a "home territory" in which the team has the right to
control which television stations or cable regional sports networks can
carry that team's games. Territories can be multi-state and some
territories include more than one team (e.g. the NY Mets and Yankees
share the NY metro market).
Each team sells the rights to carry some games to a local TV station
(usually the Away games) and may sell the rights to carry others
(usually the Home games) to a regional sports network (e.g. Comcast
Blackout restrictions are designed to protect the local outlet that has
bought the rights to the games from other local stations that don't have
local rights and from having the games "imported" from other markets on
Here are a few examples:
Richmond has been a part of the Baltimore Orioles "home territory" for
decades. About 80 games, mostly Home games, appear on Comcast
SportsNet, the regional sports network in the mid-Atlantic area.
Because Comcast SportsNet has the exclusive rights to those games, no
other station can carry those games in Richmond or throughout the
territory without permission of Comcast SportsNet. The away games are
usually carried on a broadcast station in the Baltimore-Washington area.
No other station in the Baltimore-Washington area can carry those games
without the rights holder's permission.
The Nationals, the new MLB team in Washington DC, is also in the same
territory as the Orioles. The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has the
rights to carry those games. Because Richmond is part of the "home
territory" for the Washington Nationals, no station in the Richmond area
can carry any Nationals games without the permission of the rights
holder, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. So, if the Washington
Nationals play the Atlanta Braves, a game that would appear on the cable
network TBS across the county, we, and every other cable operator in the
National?s territory, are required to black out TBS during that
game. Sometimes the cable network provides alternate programming
during that time.
Similar situations occur in professional football, basketball and hockey
games occasionally also.
Thank you for choosing Comcast.
Comcast Customer Care Specialist