DirecTV's local Fox blackout lifted for World Series' Game 2

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 6:43 p.m. CDT; updated 9:59 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 24, 2013

COLUMBIA — Local DirecTV subscribers won't have to worry about missing Game 2 of the World Series.

The Cardinals lost Game 1 to the Red Sox on Wednesday night. The 8-1 loss might have been figuratively unwatchable for Cardinals fans, but a last-minute temporary deal kept it from being blacked out on FOX 22/KQFX for local DirecTV subscribers. A similar short-term deal was reached for Thursday night's game.

Robert Mercer, senior director of public relations for DirecTV, confirmed via telephone on Thursday evening that the company received permission from the station's owner to carry FOX 22/KQFX and other News-Press & Gazette-owned Fox affiliates for Thursday night's World Series matchup.

DirecTV stopped airing News-Press & Gazette's channels on Oct. 9 as part of the process to negotiate a new contract between both sides. Their previous contract ended Sept. 30.

DirecTV issued a news release Wednesday night announcing an agreement to temporarily air News-Press & Gazette's five Fox channels for the game. After the game ended, the channels were removed from DirecTV again.

Meghan McLarty, a DirecTV public relations associate, said in the release that both parties in the negotiations were "optimistic about completing a new agreement to return all channels in their entirety very soon."

The St. Louis Cardinals will play Game 2 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park at 7:07 p.m. Thursday. The game will be broadcast nationally on Fox. In addition to FOX 22/KQFX, DirecTV blacked out ABC 17/KMIZ and MyZouTV, both owned by News-Press & Gazette.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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