If you are a St. Louis Cardinals fan and Comcast customer planning to take off work for opening day and watch Monday's game on Fox Sports Midwest as you have for the last several years, don't do it because you are going to be furious when you turn the channel to 96 and instead of the game you see Tony Cotton smoking a cigar and leading a line dance of employees at a used car lot.
I don't know just how factual this information is at this point, but I've had several tipsters send e-mails in the last few days saying that they've heard Comcast will not be carrying the Cards -- the overwhelming favorite among baseball fans in Arkansas -- this season. Interestingly enough, at least one of these tips came from someone in the state to the north of us.
Even if you are among the minority of baseball fans who swing another way and don't follow the Cardinals (not that there's anything wrong with that), this should be disappointing news to you as well because it means a drastic cut in the number of baseball games on your television for the next six months. Fox Sports Midwest is broadcasting 135 Cardinals games this year, so subtract that and suddenly the product you are paying way too much for every month doesn't quite hold its same value.
If all this is true, I can summarize this decision in two words: This sucks.
What can you do about it?
First, call Comcast at 501-375-5755 and request that St. Louis Cardinals games be carried. If they know there are a lot of customers out there who care about this programming, maybe it will help them make the right decision.
Second, contact the Fox Sports Midwest office at 314-206-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them why this decision is being made and request that they please work with Comcast to ensure that the huge fan base in Central Arkansas has access to watching the 135 Cardinals games. As a bonus, you might call the St. Louis Cardinals office at 314-345-9000 and let them know how important it is to have the games shown here and how much they influence people to travel to St. Louis for a weekend or two each summer.
Third, if none of the above works and there are no Cardinals games all season, call AT&T at 1-800-288-2020 and tell them you are ready to order U-Verse.
-- Travelerocity reporter