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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 10:29
 Today at MLB’s quarterly meetings, two key issues will be addressed: the approval vote of William Neukom as the managing partner of the San Francisco Giants, and MLB’s television blackout policy on the local and regional level.

Word is that Neukom should be easily approved after Peter Magowan announced that he was stepping down after 15 years of running the organization.

The issue of the blackout policy will be harder fought.

MLB COO Bob DuPuy has recommended that clubs will lose the right to a given territory if they do not broadcast within it for at least one season. Said DuPuy to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, “I see no reason why there ought to be so many clubs able to black out in those territories. That’s my intention. That’s my goal. I didn’t get any pushback. The whole thing is about making the game more popular and available.”

As reported, MLB’s national policy would not be impacted by any vote to approve DuPuy’s proposal. National exclusivity deals are still in place with FOX and ESPN for Saturday and Sunday games, thus placing the entire nation under blackout for given periods on those days (see Out of the Dark? DuPuy Talks Lifting Blackout Restrictions).

Check back often with The Biz of Baseball for updates, should the blackout restriction vote garner listing of some of the restrictions.

 
 
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