Hot on the heels of at least one threat to his Senate seat in 2008 subsiding, Massachusetts Junior Senator John Kerry, in reference to the MLB ownership’s myopic money-grabbing decision to make Extra Innings available only to DirecTV subscribers, said that he is “opposed to anything that deprives people of reasonable choices,” in a statement referenced by an AP story on ESPN.
Never mind that in the statement Kerry localizes the argument to the eyes of Sox fans to curry favor with his electoral base; his heart is in the right place. Kevin Martin, Chairman of the FCC (Fleecing Captive Customers since 19…) was scheduled to be on hand to serve a witness at what I infer to be a related hearing today. I haven’t found any links that talk about what transpired at that hearing, what the hearing was actually regarding, or why the Chairman of the FCC needs to be at said hearing, but for some reason, I thought I heard the resounding thwonk of a rubber stamp echoing across the lands this afternoon. To be fair, I’m a DirecTV and Extra Innings paying customer (say it with me: mother-#$*&@^% blackouts!), but this whole idea from MLB to lock in so tightly with the tentacular Murdoch corporation smells. Screw steroids. Here’s one issue where I’m whole-heartedly supporting the feds nosing in to root out the stench.