Fans suing MLB, NHL over sports blackouts win class-action status

The complaint, filed in 2012, centers on contracts between the leagues and TV providers, which include territorial restrictions that reduce the choices fans have for watching their favorite teams. Fans within a home team’s geographic region must buy a traditional TV package with a regional sports network (RSN) to watch the team’s games, because leaguewide packages available through TV providers or over the Internet only show out-of-market games. Fans outside their favorite team’s territory can only watch the games by buying out-of-market packages, since the RSNs are restricted to local territories. – Jon Brodkin Ars Technica