So… will ya?
It’s says NBATV, TWC SN / TWC D. If it’s blacked out on the League Pass, how am I supposed to watch? I mean, not that I would watch the game at work ’cause, umm, you know, I’d be at WORK. BUT, there might be others who might be tempted to run down after the mid-town professional development they’re leading, close the office door and check out the fireworks. ME? I’d just be quietly filing the stat sheets and evaluation…
Howard at Excelle has: WNBA Confidential: The local blackout and stealth gains in national TV package
Ask front office officials about the WNBA blackout window, and the frustration is palpable.
“Absurd,” said one.
“Don’t get me started,” exclaimed another.
The rule goes this way: when ESPN has a WNBA game, not only does ESPN hold exclusive rights to the national window—no corresponding WNBA game may be on NBA TV, for instance—but there cannot be any local broadcasts, either.
Accordingly, on Tuesday night, the first start of the year by Skylar Diggins, in a Dallas Wings game against the New York Liberty, had to be shown on tape delay by MSG at 10 PM. The Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics played a three-OT classic, with no local TV broadcast of the game.
The frustration through the years is understandable. There’s no corresponding rule in place for the NBA—imagine MSG or YES giving up live broadcasts of the Knicks and Nets every time the Warriors showed up on TNT