I know blackouts are frustrating, Jdawg4! We have information about how different sports blackouts work on our Sports Blackout Restrictions page.
While we offer these channels, we do not own them and the agreements with broadcasters and channel owners sometimes require us to blackout sporting events. These blackout rules are controlled by the leagues, sports associations, and networks that purchase the rights to the broadcasts.
Blackouts on regional channels happen when a national channel such as ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc., purchase the rights to the game. In these cases, the event will not be available to any regional channel within that team's territory unless a regional channel purchases the rights to the event.
I looked at the rules, and they don't explain why DISH can't show me Cleveland games. My NBA League Pass channel for Cleveland says it's unavailable in my area, meaning my regional sports network should have it, but I only get AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain--a region that is 2,000 miles away. Last year my regional sports network showed those games--and also showed Reds or Indians MLB games, instead of the Colorado Rockies. I guess the real question is how did my region change from Ohio to Colorado, and why can't it be fixed? I've asked repeatedly, and the answer is always that the regional networks control it. Clearly, that fails to explain the situation.