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AT&T U-verse to miss first of 20 Cards games Monday and Tuesday

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:

Day Date Opponent Time (CT)
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.

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10 Responses to “AT&T U-verse to miss first of 20 Cards games Monday and Tuesday”

  1. DMENS says:

    This year I’m using Premium and a cloud service to get around blackouts. I happily canceled AT&T U-Verse and haven’t looked back since.

  2. crdswmn says:

    I just wonder how many U-verse customers canceled over this last year. Must not have been enough to make AT&T change their mind. If Mediacom had done this to me, I would have canceled in a heartbeat.

    • Brian Walton says:

      I have heard that some complaining customers have received credits, but that doesn’t fix the problem. Seems like if they give away too many credits, they’d just be better off paying for the games.

  3. redbirded says:

    Well, wish I would have checked this site before ordering UVERSE. Just had it put in today after being assured last week over the phone that the issues from last year had been resolved and that there would be no blackouts this season. Guess what?! B.S.! The guys were halfway through the install before I started chatting one of them up about the Birds when he broke the news that it was still an issue. And low and behold, checked the guide and no game tonight v. CIN. Furious does not adequately describe my feeling right now.

    DMENS: I was looking at MLBtv through my PS3 but was bummed about the local blackouts. Can you explain to me how you are going through a cloud, or maybe point me to a site? Much Appreciated!


  4. JumboShrimp says:

    The champs and their fledgling manager did not get dealt an easy schedule. No matter. We have had 5 well pitched starts and the offense has been doing well against pitchers not surnamed Greinke.
    Ryan Ludwick used to hammer Homer Bailey. Its nice that other of our hitters have learned this trick too.
    In 2004, Homer was the stud high school pitcher from Texas, like Shelby Miller in 2009. Its a long road from high school to the majors and not everyone achieves stardom in the end.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Nice of Matheny to let Salas pitch the bottom of the 9th, get some low pressure innings to sharpen his game.
    Unfortunately, the Reds only have one Homer, not five, so the next two games should be more competitive.

  6. Kansasbirdman says:

    Aside from the couple of errors (only one so far this year from a position player-k.o.w.), we looked pretty good, esp defensively.

    • blingboy says:

      I was really impressed with Jake. Now I guess we’re back to the top of the rotation, if it has a top.

      It’s going to be hard to keep Adams at Memphis all year if he doesn’t quit it.

      I saw where a couple of catchers jumped over a level. Is it re-ordering the depth chart down there, or just due to injuries, or what? No way young Rasmus is going to hit anything in the Florida State League, if last year in short season was any indication. Don’t know anything about the kid who got skipped over AA.

      • Brian Walton says:

        Yes, the Cards have done the double jumps with catchers in the past to cover for short-term injuries. That is what they did here too. Pretty low risk since the backup catcher is always the last position player used.

        You can learn about any player by going to his page at The Cardinal Nation. “Minor League Rosters” > select team > click on player name. I am quite positive there is nowhere on the net with more information about Cardinals minor leaguers than is in our data base.

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