The St. Louis Cardinals begin the 2012 season with nine consecutive series against National League Central opponents following last Wednesday’s opener in Miami. We will know a lot more about the real pecking order in the final year of the six-team division as the games over the next 30 days unfold.
Unfortunately, if you are an AT&T U-verse customer in the St. Louis area, you will be unable to see 10 of those 27 contests on television, including Monday and Tuesday night’s games from Cincinnati. Same for next Sunday afternoon’s home game against the Cubs.
In fact, all told, you will miss out on 20 Cardinals games again this season due to a continuing dispute between the carrier and Cards television rightsholder FOX Sports Midwest. In 2011, FOX Sports Midwest added 20 Cardinals telecasts to its schedule that were previously carried by on-air KSDK Channel 5.
The additional 20 games were made available to all video providers at an incremental fee that FSM says is necessary to cover their additional production costs. Almost all carriers opted to provide their subscribers the additional games, but U-verse is by far the largest of a few that are holding out. Others are Cable One and two small cable systems in Iowa.
It does not appear change is coming any time soon.
“We continue to talk with AT&T with the hope that they will choose to deliver all Cardinals telecasts to fans this season. In the meantime every other provider in the St. Louis area will distribute all Cardinals games,” reminds FOX Sports Midwest spokesman Geoff Goldman.
Earlier this spring, an AT&T spokesperson noted the cable company does not want to pass the additional costs on to their subscribers and reminds customers they can continue to see the other 130 games on the Cardinals 2012 schedule.
Affected subscribers who will not be receiving the 20 telecasts that are listed below and are upset about it should contact your video provider directly.
Here is the schedule of affected games:
|Monday||April 9||at Cincinnati||6 p.m.|
|Tuesday||April 10||at Cincinnati||6 p.m.|
|Sunday||April 15||Chicago Cubs||1 p.m.|
|Tuesday||April 17||Cincinnati||7 p.m.|
|Monday||April 23||at Chicago Cubs||7 p.m.|
|Friday||April 27||Milwaukee||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday||May 2||Pittsburgh||7 p.m.|
|Thursday||May 3||Pittsburgh||12:30 p.m.|
|Friday||May 11||Atlanta||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday||May 16||at San Francisco||9 p.m.|
|Thursday||May 17||at San Francisco||2:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||June 13||Chicago White Sox||7 p.m.|
|Thursday||June 14||Chicago White Sox||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday||June 19||at Detroit||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday||June 20||at Detroit||6 p.m.|
|Monday||June 25||at Miami||6 p.m.|
|Tuesday||July 24||Los Angeles||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday||July 25||Los Angeles||7 p.m.|
|Friday||August 3||Milwaukee||7 p.m.|
|Friday||August 10||at Philadelphia||6 p.m.|