When the Tigers opted to schedule a split-doubleheader with the Red Sox on Sunday following Saturday’s rainout, they left the second game to fall under MLB’s blackout rules. ESPN has exclusive coverage of Sunday night games, and since they were showing Atlanta-Cincinnati, no one was going to get to see what figured to be a pretty outstanding Josh Beckett-Justin Verlander matchup.
ESPN, though, has given both FOX Sports Detroit and NESN permission to air the game. We imagine there was some cash involved in the deal, but who cares? ESPN deserves plenty of credit for giving fans the choice to switch broadcasts tonight.