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MLB’s in-market streaming deals have expired. What does it mean for you, the Cubs fan?

MLB and its TV partners are feuding again.

For many years, Cubs fans were blacked out from watching games on their phones, tablets or laptops if they were inside the team’s market territory, even if they had a cable or satellite subscription. So were fans of almost all other teams.

This was remedied within the last few years, as MLB and its RSN partners signed deals to allow in-market streaming if you authenticated through a cable or satellite provider. This was quite useful to such a subscriber if you weren’t at home but wanted to log in and watch a Cubs game on your phone.

Uh-oh:

To the shock of everyone, according to the Sports Business Journal, MLB wants more money from the RSNs for the streaming rights, and they want the in-market streaming deals to run as long as the linear TV deals that each RSN has with its MLB teams. Understandably, the RSNs aren’t taking this lying down, claiming that the in-market streaming rights are built in to every other package of media rights they purchase and shouldn’t need to bought separately, and that the length of these contracts shouldn’t be as long as the linear TV …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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