Why can’t most of Connecticut watch the Celtics on TV?

More than half of fans in Connecticut can't watch the Celtics unless they play on national TV. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(WTNH)–If you’re reading this right now and you live west of Hartford, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never seen the Celtics play on local TV.

That means you’ve never heard of Mike Gorman, have no idea what “Tommy Points” are, and you probably think Isaiah Thomas is ‘a nice little player’.

As upsetting as all of those things are, it doesn’t even come close to highlighting the absurdity of the situation.

The Celtics play on Comcast Sports Net New England, which isn’t offered anywhere west of Bristol (even on Comcast). (Even though it’s still in New England).

But it’s all good though, right? I mean, what are we complaining about? We live in an era when you can watch any game, any time, as long as you’re willing to pay extra.

Just buy NBA League Pass for $199/year and you can watch the Celtics whenever you…

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The NBA, for some inexplicable reason, has for years blacked out Celtics games on NBA TV, as well as on League Pass, because it thinks fans in western and southern Connecticut can watch the games on local TV, when in fact, they can’t.

So that leaves more than half of Connecticut’s NBA fans in a pretty interesting predicament. The Celtics–one of the closest teams in the league geographically–are the only team they can’t watch unless they’re on TNT, ESPN, ABC, or some illegal stream on YouTube.

And do you know what the biggest tragedy of all of this is?

That leaves people watching the Knicks.

The Knicks.

Way to go, NBA.

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