AT&T offers refunds for customers paying for MLB and MLS packages

Good news for sports fans. Well, not the good news you probably want, but it’s something. AT&T customers who subscribed to MLB Extra Innings and MLS Direct Kick will be getting refunds. This seems fair because, after all, the sports seasons were pretty much canceled.

The details

AT&T’s own page lays it out. You have to scroll down pretty far and open a dropdown, so I’ve copied and pasted it here.

With the professional baseball and soccer seasons postponed or suspended, our customers who subscribed to MLB Extra Innings and MLS Direct Kick will receive credits for any payments already made toward their subscription and we have postponed future charges until we learn more from the leagues. We are also extending our cancellation policy for both products so that customers have two weeks from when the season starts (or resumes) to decide whether they want to cancel their subscription.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and are in contact with programmers and sports leagues as they plan their next steps. Any rebates we receive from programmers and sports leagues will be provided to our customers.

In other words, they won’t charge you the monthly fee as long as the sports seasons are on hold. They’ll credit you back on your bill for any payments you’ve made.

I’d rather have the baseball but…

Yeah, just like you I’d rather be watching baseball about now. The season would be about one quarter through, and we’d be looking at which teams surprised us and which teams should have spent more time on spring training. In any other year I’d be telling you how you can watch MLB action anywhere using the MLB.TV app. Although I’m not much of a soccer fan, I’d probably be telling you that MLS Direct Kick is a great value for soccer fans, and how easy it was to add to your DIRECTV bill.

But of course this isn’t “any other” year. It’s this year. And this year, as we all know, is a year like none we’ve seen. It’s been a rough one so far, although hopefully it begins to improve from here. It seems like if nothing else, AT&T is doing their part to make things better and put a few more dollars back in your pocket. That’s gotta count for something.

At some point, we’re going to have live sports to talk about again. It really looks like NFL football is going to happen in the fall, although there may be no one in the stands. That doesn’t matter, of course, if you’re watching NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV. Until then I guess we’ll just keep on waiting, thinking of the seasons that might have been. And, we can count a few more dollars in the old bank account in the meantime.

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