Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

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    Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    By Luther Turmelle, North Bureau Chief/New Haven Register:
    Red Sox fans around the state are seeing the color of their team’s famed logo over a decision by Fox Sports to essentially impose a Connecticut television blackout of tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs, who this weekend are making their first appearance in Boston’s Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series.

    Instead, the Fox affiliate in the Hartford-New Haven market, WTIC-TV Channel 61, will air the annual interleague Battle of New York between the Mets and Yankees, as will Fox 5 in New York, which is available on some Connecticut cable and satellite systems.

    And while no one can doubt that the loyalties of Major League Baseball fans in Connecticut are divided between the Red Sox, Yankees and, to a lesser degree, the Mets, right now it’s Boston fans who are squawking the loudest over the perceived slight by the network.

    “Money really does talk,” Kristen Oslander of North Branford said via email responding to a question about the blackout on the New Haven Register website and on Twitter. “They are forgoing history to show a match-up that we see at least once a year on Fox. Thanks for letting the fans vent.”

    Oslander, a devout Red Sox fan, was angry enough that she complained directly to Fox 61. Peter DiMatteo, a spokesman for the station, told Oslander that officials at Fox 61 “are frustrated as well” at the two games both being scheduled at the same time — 7 this evening.

    “We realize whatever game we air, there is going to be large amount of people that are going to be upset and until Fox and MLB stops scheduling both teams at the same time, we will continue to have this unfortunate situation,” DiMatteo said in an email to Oslander. “We try to look at different factors when making a decision. Thus far this season, more people have been watching Yankee games than Red Sox games so we are trying to follow what the viewers are telling us.”

    Reader Andy Sauer said the decision to air the Mets-Yankess game on Fox 61 was “a predictable move” by the network and the station.

    “I’ve always felt Fox 61 leaned (toward) the Yanks,” Sauer said via Twitter. “Maybe their numbers tell them it’s a better bet, but I won’t be watching.”

    A spokesman for Fox Sports in New York described the Connecticut television market as “one of those tricky ones.”

    “It’s not always set in stone that you get the Yankees,” he said.

    Rich Hanley, an assistant professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University and director of the school’s graduate journalism program, said the blackout of the Red Sox-Cubs game is all a matter of good business sense.

    “What they are trying to do here is protect the audience for the network because of the rights fees they pay to air the games,” said Hanley, adding that while he occasionally watches baseball, he’s more of a football fan. “And although the Red Sox-Cubs game has some historical gloss to it, once the game starts, it’s just another regular season game. It’s just a contest between two franchises that have traditions of losing.”

    The Red Sox and the Cubs last played in Boston in 1918, when Boston beat Chicago to win the World Series. The Red Sox didn’t win another championship until 2004, and Cubs fans have been waiting for another World Series title since 1908.

    Several people felt strongly enough about the blackout to complain about it on See Click Fix, a website devoted to raising awareness about local quality of life issues.

    “A Red Sox/Cub game is history,’’ said one of those who complained, Paul Munson. “I can watch a Mets/Yankee game any time.”

    Hanley said there have been cases in the past where networks have made arrangement to air blacked-out games on other outlets in a given market. But he said it is unlikely that Fox Sports would have a last-minute change of heart that would allow that to happen in this case.

    “But I don’t see Fox wanting to let the Connecticut market go to NESN (New England Sports Network, which carries most of the Red Sox games) or WGN” — the Chicago-based super station that carries the Cubs games and is available on some Connecticut cable systems, Hanley said.

    The Fox Sports spokesman declined to comment on whether the network had considered such an option. He said the decision of what game to air on Fox affiliates around the country is made “as a collective effort,” with both sides having input.

    The choice to air the Mets-Yankees game in Connecticut may bring a few more patrons into Christopher Martins, the popular bar and restaurant on State Street in New Haven. But it doesn’t make Brian Virtue, the co-owner of the business and a huge Red Sox fan, very happy.

    “It really irritates me, because we’ve been fighting this battle forever,” said Virtue, who once circulated a petition among his patrons to bring NESN to Comcast Cable several years ago.

    The petition wasn’t successful, so Virtue bought a satellite dish so that the restaurant patrons who are Red Sox fans could see the games. Comcast has since added NESN and the restaurant has gotten rid of the satellite dish.

    Of course, Yankees fans don’t see what all the fuss is about.

    “The Yankee/Met game will be more entertaining and draw a larger crowd,” a reader named David wrote on the New Haven Register website Friday. “Which is why Fox-61 is showing that game instead.”
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    Try this: http://www.firstrow.net/
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    Story of my life, and the games get blacked out when Fox and ESPN carry them yet my cable provider doesn't want to carry NESN.
     
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    In Response to Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday:
    [QUOTE]Try this: http://www.firstrow.net/
    Posted by carnie[/QUOTE]

    site was seized by homeland security.....you'd think they'd have more to worry about...guess i'll be listening to joe castiglione and dave o'brien.

    thanks anyway carnie
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    I can still get it. Maybe San Francisco really is another country. Anyway, great to see you J-BAY, been awhile.
     
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    In Response to Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday:
    [QUOTE]I can still get it. Maybe San Francisco really is another country. Anyway, great to see you J-BAY, been awhile.
    Posted by carnie[/QUOTE]

    says New York office special agent in charge.....may be just havent caught up to you yet....or he's yankee fans.Yell Tongue outbeen looking for you on the game threads carnie.....join us some time
     
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    In Response to Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday : says New York office special agent in charge.....may be just havent caught up to you yet....or he's yankee fans.  been looking for you on the game threads carnie.....join us some time
    Posted by J-BAY[/QUOTE]I'll be there tonight. I live on the left coast and work nights, so the only time I can talk to my east coast friends is usually on weekends.
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    just heard on the pre game garza has been scratched for tomorrow, he's always been tough on the sox, so we may have caught a break. If i had known the game wasnt going to be carried in Ct, i would have headed up to fenway for the game
     
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    In Response to Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday:
    [QUOTE]Try this: http://www.firstrow.net/
    Posted by carnie[/QUOTE]

    Thanks Carnie,

    Site seized by Homeland Security!  Yikes!!!  Way to hunt down those terrorists Janet N.   :(
     
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    [QUOTE]just heard on the pre game garza has been scratched for tomorrow, he's always been tough on the sox, so we may have caught a break. If i had know the game wasnt going to carried in Ct, i would have headed up to fenway for the game
    Posted by J-BAY[/QUOTE]That's definitely a break. Have the Sox ever beaten Garza?
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    God!  I HATE FOX!!!!!!
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    I don't know carnie, if they have, it hasnt been often.  i'll listen to the game on the radio and follow the game thread. was looking forward to seeing the throw back uniforms.....
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    Fox is absolutely HOSING ME.  I get Mets/Yanks and nothing else.  This sucks!
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    Directv won't give you a one day waiver on getting out of market games like they did last year. I just talked to them.
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    jim you can pick up audio on WEEI
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    I'm down in NJ so I'll have to try to pick up 1080 Hartford.  The Rays lost and I was looking forward to watching us move into first place with a win.
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    1220 in new haven carries it also. canyou  listen to WEEI on the computer??
     
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    Re: Tough luck for Connecticut Red Sox fans:Historic Red Sox-Cubs matchup won't be aired in Connecticut Saturday

    few links one the game thread for anyone who needs them....one of them is the fox feed
     
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