Our agreements with sports leagues and associations restrict us from showing events near where a game is played or broadcast locally. In other situations, national networks like ESPN and TNT have exclusive distribution rights to some events.
Sports blackouts are controlled by the leagues, associations, and networks that purchase the rights to broadcast individual games. To protect their rights, DIRECTV must enforce their restrictions and air a blackout message.
If a game is blacked out from certain DIRECTV channels or sports subscriptions, you may be able to see it on another DIRECTV channel or on one of your local broadcast channels.