Baseball Fans...Opening Season is Around the Corner!

04/03/2012 11:00 AM

With the 2012 Baseball season just around the corner, we want to let fans know what to expect for baseball coverage this season.

Blackouts
The 2012 Major League Baseball (MLB) season will have TV blackouts for fans of 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.

Twins Coverage
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.

MLB Network
MBL Network is also available to follow the baseball season on channel 139 in SD and channel 339 in HD.

To check the schedules of what games will be on for SMU cable customers, visit the guide available with a box. As a reminder, the first SD box is complimentary with each Basic cable account.

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