Through the use of geo-location programming some networks have even tried to convince viewers that they didn't experience any networks black-out or reduced count because of the signal issues in the area. The networks are now looking for a way to not only sell rights to their content, but also to prevent access to that content by some viewers. This has been done in a number of ways, including blocking websites.
The gist of Companies argument during last week's NCAA tournament was that if they can stop people from downloading the content, that they can protect their content. This is a common argument during these downloads but while this is a statement of rights , it is a false one in that it is rooted in antitrust principles that no longer apply. Furthermore, consumer protections, such as the Federal Communications Commission's open Internet rules, ensure that broadband companies cannot control access to their networks. If these broadband providers were allowed to block websites, the result would be no access for consumers to anything on these networks, including content that is in accordance with fair use.
There are two ways to acquire a sub in MLB, A) $500,000, it seems like a good price, or B) "No, I didn't start the bidding at $500,000. I didn't start any bidding for him." In a move that many would not consider ethical, had the person in the back most likely been using a hidden camera, he has been violating his contract and the league just did nothing about it. H/T Deadspin .