This is hardly news to anyone who has been following the Jays and using the internet for the last several years, but because so many formerly casual fans are finally enthused about the club– and also, because this is kind of ridiculous– I figure it’s worth pointing out something about what you’ll see if you venture over to BlueJays.com today (and with the State of the Franchise live stream happening this evening, there’s a decent chance you will).
The site, at the moment, is plastered with ads for MLB.tv, which is MLB’s fantastic online broadcasting service. I can’t recommend MLB.tv enough, if you’re a baseball fan, but the thing that jumps out at me today is the fact that all the ads on the Jays’ site, including the one above, are plastered with Jays players.
Call me naive, but doesn’t the ad– and the several others like it– kind of make it look like you can stream Jays games through MLB.tv?
Which… OK, technically you can do that, but I have a feeling it’s maybe not possible that you can, thanks to this little bit of fine print on the subscription page:
All live Toronto Blue Jays games are blacked out throughout the entire country of Canada.
Obviously the Jays’ main site isn’t just there to serve Canadians, so it’s not like the ad is completely disingenuous. And very obviously it’s something that’s come not from the club, but from MLB.tv itself, as the placement of Jays players in the ad on BlueJays.com is just a variant of what we see from other clubs– here is what the Cincinnati Reds’ page looks like, for example– so we’re not particularly special in being slightly misled here.
It’s just… y’know, don’t go purchasing this service expecting to get the thing that the ad imagery makes it totally look like you’re signing up for.