They just hate freedom so very much.
For one, Monday Night Football is now on cable. Now, this is the second year, and most people who like watching football have ESPN, so you may claim that it's not really that big a problem. In addition, the home market cities get the Monday night games for free, thanks to ESPN's having ABC as a sister station. (Of course, it's still, on a very basic level, un-American to have MNF on cable.)
Much worse is that the National League playoffs are on TBS. This is the nation's pastime, right? Right?
And yet, if you live in Philadelphia, and you don't have TBS (for which you should probably be commended, since it means you don't want to watch six hours of sitcom re-runs a day), you can't watch the Phillies play the Rockies in their NLDS. There is no home market exception.
What are we, communists?