|espn3.com will no longer be available for games that are shown on ESPN and ESPN2 is the short story for the purpose of a twitter headline, but the long story is more complicated.
espn3.com has radically changed their blackout scheme for games that are being simulcast on one of their regular ESPN channels (now includes ESPNU).
The blackout scheme does *not apply* for games that are exclusive to espn3 or that are scheduled to appear on non-ESPN networks. Games on ESPN GamePlan have the same regional blackouts they always had, but otherwise are available on espn3.
If a game is scheduled for an ESPN network, can you watch it on espn3? Maybe, but the chances decrease the further east that you live, and no longer exist the later in the day that the game is played.
Start with the espn3 schedule for football:
Navigate to the day you are interested in and click on the blackout map if one is shown. For weekend games you can only watch afternoon games in Alaska or Hawaii, for night games espn3 is simply not available. For morning games it appears to be geographically blacked out on the East coast.
If you click on a blackout map, then click on "more information about blackouts", the following information is displayed:
For the main TV schedule:
Again, this only applies to games that are being simulcast on an ESPN network.
All of this is of course subject to revision, but my interpretation seems locked in based upon the information available. Archives are not blacked out and now include games that were originally broadcast on ESPNU.
It appears that ESPN is trying to get ISPs to buy a second tier of coverage just like they did with espn3. As a consumer it's frustrating, but the business model worked for espn3 the first time around.