Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Angels, Mesa, Arizona, Saturday 3/31, 3:05 CT

Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs pinch runner Blake DeWitt is safe at second base as Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis can't make the catch in the fourth inning at HoHoKam Stadium. Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- On a day when the Cubs will be televised both locally (CSN Chicago) and nationally (MLB Network), I thought I'd post this link from Maury Brown at Biz of Baseball about this year's MLB television blackout policies.

The bad news is that they're pretty much the same as previous years. I'm pretty much preaching to the choir when I say these things have to end. MLB is the only professional sport setting out dozens of arcane rules which prevent its fans from watching its product. It makes sense only if you think this is 1973. Which it clearly is not. Here's the worse news:

And about the national blackout policy, any chance that happens soon? In speaking with sources close to the matter, when asked if the possibility it won't be considered until contracts are renewed with ESPN and FOX, the reply was, "Probably."

Fox and ESPN might think they're protecting their product, or their sponsors, with this policy, but all they're doing is alienating their customers. This would never happen if Bud Selig were still alive.... oh, wait.

Cubs lineup:

DeJesus RF, Barney SS, Stewart 3B, Baker 2B, LaHair 1B, Johnson LF, Clevenger C, Mather RF, Maholm P

Angels lineup:

Aybar SS, Kendrick 2B, Pujols 1B, Hunter RF, Wells LF, Trumbo 3B, Iannetta C, Bourjos CF, Richards P

Paul Maholm starts for the Cubs today; his opponent will be Garrett Richards. Richards is trying to nail down the fifth-starter role for the Angels.

Today's game is on CSN Chicago with Len & Bob. It's also being picked up for national broadcast on MLB Network. It's also on WGN radio with Pat & Keith. And if you are in the Los Angeles area, it's on KLAA 830. Here is the MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Note that for spring training gameday links, you probably will not get pitch-by-pitch as during the regular season; these are unofficial links. Each play will be posted, but might not be updated until after each half-inning.

There will be one overflow thread, which will post at 4:30 pm CT. The "Recent Stories in Game Threads" box on the sidebar is where you'll find it.

Please visit our SB Nation Angels site Halos Heaven.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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