Kerry Woos Baseball Vote With Cable Coup

Senator pushes MLB to reach agreement for out-of-market games
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 5, 2007 8:57 AM CDT
Senate Democrats John Kerry, Carl Levin, Majority Leader Harry...    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Whatever their politics, baseball fans nationwide can thank John Kerry for encouraging MLB to keep out-of-market games on cable.  Baseball was planning a $700 million exclusive deal with DirecTV that would have forced most fans to switch cable providers, a daunting prospect, before the Massachusetts senator intervened.

Now, the unconventionally capitalized iN Demand will assume approximately the same equity as DirecTV.  IN Demand will extending its free-preview period for MLB's "Extra Innings" package, which contains aforementioned out-of-market games, to next week.  The Royals diaspora, one imagines, is beside itself with relief.