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MLB Extra Innings? No thanks.

April 15, 2009 - Ron Deuter
MLB Extra Innings? No thanks. As a Charter Cable subscriber I was treated to a free preview of the MLB Extra Innings package last week. I noticed that they wanted $169 to sign-up for the full season. Being a Cubs fan, I already get to see a number of games on WGN. The Cubs are also scheduled to be on ESPN and FOX a bunch this season. With that said, I was wondering if it was even worth the cost to sign up. So I did the math. As of this morning, the Cubs have 60 games remaining on WGN, seven scheduled for FOX Saturday baseball and four slated for the ESPN Sunday night game. That leaves about 84 games not covered, although a handful of additional games will probably find their way to a national broadcast as the season progresses. But using 84 games as the number, the MLB Extra Innings fee comes to roughly $2 per game. And that’s just if I watch Cubs only. As the pennant race heats up, I’d be able to check in live on other games of interest. My wife could catch a White Sox game here and there. I could record games I know I won’t be around to see live. Still, as tempting and cheap as it seems, I simply hate the idea of paying the cable company any more than I already have to pay them. And I am usually able to pick up WGN radio at night. As far as radio play-by-play, there are few in the game better, more knowledgeable or more exciting than Mr. Pat Hughes - “This one’s got a chaaaance............GONE!!!” I can envision enjoying many a warm summer evening outdoors with a cool drink and ballgame on the radio. Also, there are a few near-by watering holes I know of that would have any Cubs contest available on TV. Not to mention the $169 saved could help me buy me something to sip or munch on while watching the game. I suppose if MLB Extra Innings was my only option, I’d get it ordered. But as it stands, I think I’ll manage just fine without it.


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