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MLB: Canadian Television Must Not Forget about the Blue Jays

Lisa BoychukSenior Analyst IApril 23, 2008

With the 2008 Major League Baseball season now in full swing,  I have a bit of a beef to get off my chest. 

 

While I have not had much time to tune in to any Toronto Blue Jays games, I try to keep abreast of the latest scores. As I search for recaps it has become clear to me that there is not enough focus—in Canada—on the sport of baseball. 

 

Understandably, during the Stanley Cup playoffs most Canadians are distracted by hockey. So the only place to find MLB game coverage is on Sportsnet.

 

What about the rest of the time, though?  The Toronto Blue Jays' games are mostly featured on Sportsnet, occasionally on TSN, and even more rarely on CBC. 

 

The problem is that the majority of the games are not aired, even with all of those channels combined.  

 

The worst part is that a person can't even tune in to an audio stream on either MLB.com or BlueJays.com without paying a fee—a fee that most folks can't easily afford, especially just to listen to one team.

 

Toronto is much too far away for the fans in Western Canada to attend a game.  For most Westerners, Minnesota is the closest place to catch a baseball game in person. But, how often does Toronto actually play there?

 

If this country wants to make sure it does not lose its only remaining MLB team, then something has to be changed.

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