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ESPN sporting events listed in program guide but not broadcast on TV

I have an X1 box, which allows me to automatically search & record all events that match "Boston Red Sox". 95% of the time, it works well, and I record Red Sox games on NESN, TBS, ESPN, or FOX, depending on which network is carrying the game. HOWEVER, about once a month or so, X1 will auto-record what the program guide says is a Red Sox game on ESPN, only to find that ESPN has no game (not Red Sox, not baseball of any kind). Instead of a useful recording, I get 3+ hours of useless content. I suspect this has something to do with blackout rules. But why is the event misrepresented in the program guide? If they aren't going to show the game, don't put it in the program guide! It's not rocket science.