If there's one thing all sports fans can agree on it's the evils of blackouts. Not being able to watch your favorite team on television solely because of your zipcode is a terrible feeling. By far the worst element of the Columbus Crew's controversial local TV deal with Time Warner Cable was the blackout rules that went with it. As the backlash against the team has continued to percolate, the reasoning for Crew fans being blacked out by the team is the cause for major questions.
Two days before the beginning of the MLS season, and after months of negotiations, the Crew finally signed a local television deal with Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. As part of the deal with TWC, Crew fans living within 75 miles of the stadium are being blacked out from home AND away Crew games on subscription services MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick. To make a long story short, for Crew fans in central Ohio that means no TWC = no Crew games.
Disgruntled fans are still bombarding the Crew's social media pages with angry comments about the awful TWC deal. Even on this Facebook post showing highlights of the Crew's 3-0 win at DC United, most of the comments are related to the TWC blackout. After getting annihilated for days, the team has finally offered a response to the anger of their fans. However, these responses have only created more confusion and mistrust.no comments