Unless you are in Miami this weekend, you won’t be able to watch the first hour of the Mets-Marlins game on Saturday.
That’s because the Marlins have scheduled a start time of 6:10 PM, to accommodate a post-game concert. Why is this an issue? Because FOX has dibs on all MLB broadcasts from 4pm to 7pm on every Saturday during the season, and the game won’t be carried by FOX. (If you’re interested, FOX will be showing the Red Sox-Angels, White Sox-Twins, and Cardinals-Astros.) There is no indication from FOX that they will be showing the first hour of the Mets-Marlins game, nor that they are ready to waive their rights to the New York market from 6 PM – 7 PM on Saturday night.
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
As of now, SNY will broadcast the game, but won’t be able to do so until 7 PM — likely around the fourth inning. Further, the blackout covers MLB.com as well, so don’t try watching it on your computer. Unless the Marlins change the start time, your only chance to see the game in its entirety will be by traveling to Florida and buying a ticket. But hey, the Fish are throwing in a concert as well, so there’s that.
Some day, someone is going to have to explain to me the logic behind many of these blackout restrictions. In particular, why local games are blacked out on MLB.com.