Written by Maury Brown
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 06:28
TBS announced today the first two months of its new baseball “Sunday MLB on TBS” schedule for the 2008 season. The package, which includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season, leads off with the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox facing the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, April 6th at 1 p.m. ET. The network will also exclusively televise the MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6th. Additionally, beginning in October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the Division Series and, for the first time, exclusive coverage of the American League Championship Series (ALCS).
TBS has broadcast MLB coverage for more than 30 years, serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series and the National League Championship Series (NLCS) in 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.
“For the first time in Turner Sports’ 30-year history of MLB coverage we’re proud to present an exciting weekly package that showcases some of the top teams and players in baseball,” said Jeff Behnke, Turner Sports executive producer. “Every Sunday afternoon for 26 straight weeks fans will find key matchups and marquee names as we follow the dramatic storylines of the regular season leading into our second straight MLB Postseason on TBS.”
Key match-ups on the Sunday MLB on TBS schedule include the Atlanta Braves taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 20th as former Braves centerfielder Andruw Jones makes his return to Turner Field. On April 27th the New York Yankees face the Cleveland Indians in a rematch of the 2007 ALDS in which the Indians bested the Yanks 4-1 to win the series. The games included in the TBS MLB package will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory. The network will announce future games on its schedule coinciding with its selection windows.
The TBS announce team will include Chip Caray who will provide play-by-play each week, along with analysts to be announced at a later date. Caray previously called games for the network’s 2007 MLB Postseason coverage of the Division Series and NLCS, as well as the Atlanta Braves on TBS. TBS’ Marc Fein will provide updates from the studio during game breaks.
TBS scored in 2007 with its inaugural postseason telecasts with its MLB Division Series coverage boasting a 26 percent increase in total number of viewers over last year’s coverage on all other baseball carriers. The ratings win led the TBS to its best week ever in the history of the network.
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|Date ||Time (ET) ||Match-up|
| Sunday, April 6||1:00 p.m. ||Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays |
| Sunday, April 13||1:30 p.m.||Chicago Cubs @ Philadelphia Phillies|
| Sunday, April 20||1:30 p.m.||LA Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves|
| Sunday, April 27||1:00 p.m.||NY Yankees @ Cleveland Indians|
| Sunday, May 4||4:00 p.m.||NY Mets @ Arizona Diamondbacks|
| Sunday, May 11||1:00 p.m.||NY Yankees @ Detroit Tigers|
| Sunday, May 18||1:30 p.m. ||Milwaukee Brewers @ Boston Red Sox|
| Sunday, May 25||1:00 p.m. ||Seattle Mariners @ NY Yankees|