Youtube TV Suddenly Not a Great Deal for Marlins Fans

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 24: A detailed view of a Rawlings baseball glove prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 24, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 24: A detailed view of a Rawlings baseball glove prior to the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 24, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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I thought I had found the perfect solution to my Miami Marlins access problem.

Living all over the world for the past 15 years for reasons of military necessity (I’ve since retired), I have been heavily reliant on MLB.TV for my Miami Marlins fix through thick and thin.

I found out after I moved to Alabama for the second time late in my career that MLB.TV blacks out all Atlanta Braves ballgames, even though Atlanta is a four-hour drive (minimum) from my home in the southern part of the state.

I later found out that the cable network here in town did not have Fox Sports Florida, so decided to cut the cord entirely. I was stoked to find Youtube.TV, because they carry the Fox Sports Regional Networks. I signed up for it about two months ago in preparation for the major league season.

Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I found out today that Youtube TV and the Sinclair Broadcast Group couldn’t come to an understanding. To wit, Sinclair is the parent of all FOX Regional Sports Networks, as well as the YES Network.

So it’s not just Miami fans that are affected by this, but fans of all teams in a lot of areas. There are some areas across the midwest with as many as six teams blacked out of MLB.TV locally.

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Effective February 29th, these channels will no longer be offered in the one place where I counted on them, and cancelled my service entirely. I know I’m not alone here. For whatever reason, a lot of people have cut cords in the past few years, and at least some of them have signed on with Youtube.TV.

For the time being, get comfortable listening to the blacked out games on the MLB radio feed — or hope that one of your viable options for watching Marlins games is affordable to you.

Whatever you need to do to watch the Miami Marlins through the 2020 campaign, you should do it, because this team is far easier to watch than the most recent prior version of the team. Thanks for reading. Tune in here for all the latest goings-on in Marlin-land.

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