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MLB, TURNER SPORTS REACH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TELECAST AGREEMENT
Major League Baseball has reached a new seven-year agreement with Turner Broadcasting System, which provides TBS the exclusive telecasting rights to the National League Championship Series in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 and the American League Championship Series in 2008, 2010 and 2012, it was announced today.
This new agreement further expands Major League Baseball’s relationship with Turner Sports. Through 2013, TBS will telecast all regular season tie-breaker games, all Division Series games and the All-Star Game Selection Show each year. In addition, beginning in 2008, TBS will telecast a window of Major League Baseball games on 26 Sunday afternoons. TBS will continue to air Atlanta Braves’ games through 2007, a year in which the new contract will co-exist with the previous one.
“Major League Baseball is thrilled to strengthen our association with Turner Sports, whose commitment to the game in both the regular season and during the first two rounds of the postseason is an exciting development for baseball fans,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “This new agreement, combined with our previously announced deals with FOX, Turner and ESPN, further enhances our impressive lineup of excellent television partners who share our great enthusiasm about the future of baseball. We are looking forward to TBS’s coverage of the Division Series and League Championship Series for the next seven years.”
Steve Lyons, who was fired from Fox for what the broadcast network called a racially insensitive comment during Game 4 of the ALCS will be retained as as a part-time television commentator for the Dodgers.
Lyons would undergo diversity training and has been given probationary guidelines as part of the agreement. Of the training, Lyons said, "I'm happy to do it."
Of the probationary guidelines, he said, "They give the Dodgers the right to fire me if there are any other transgressions, but I think they'd have that right anyway."
It's believed Lyons was making about $500,000 a year from Fox and the Dodgers, with about three-fourths of that from Fox.
"I'm taking a big financial hit," Lyons said, "but I'm thrilled and proud to continue as a voice of the Dodgers."
GAME 5 OF NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POSTPONED
Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up on Tuesday night, with a first pitch time of 8:19 p.m. (ET).
FOX Sports and ESPN Radio will carry the game live on Tuesday.
Steve Lyons has been fired from Fox for making a racially insensitive comment during yesterday's ALCS game regarding Lou Piniella.
"Steve Lyons has been relieved of his Fox Sports duties for making comments on air that the company found inappropriate," network spokesman Dan Bell said.
In the second inning of Friday's game between Detroit and Oakland, Piniella talked about the success light-hitting A's infielder Marco Scutaro had in the first round of the playoffs. Piniella said that slugger Frank Thomas and Eric Chavez needed to contribute, comparing Scutaro's production to finding a "wallet on Friday" and hoping it happened again the next week.
Later, Piniella said the A's needed Thomas to get "en fuego" -- hot in Spanish -- because he was currently "frio" -- or cold. After Brennaman praised Piniella for being bilingual, Lyons spoke up.
Lyons said that Piniella was "hablaing Espanol" -- butchering the conjugation for the word "to speak" -- and added, "I still can't find my wallet."
"I don't understand him, and I don't want to sit too close to him now," Lyons continued.
Fox executives told Lyons after the game he had been fired.
SportsTime Ohio yesterday announced John Sanders will not return to the Indians TV booth for the 2007 season. Sanders, who joined the Indians in 1991, just completed his 16th season calling Indians baseball action on the TV network side.
"We want to first thank John for his dedication and longtime service of covering Indians baseball," said SportsTime Ohio President JIM LIBERATORE. "It is our goal to establish a two-person broadcast team, and today's announcement is the first step in that process. At the end of the day, the announce team serves as story tellers and in order to tell the most complete story, the announcers need to know the complete story. Consistently working with the team, proximity to the team and regular communication with the team is the best and in fact the only way to present the total story, which is what Indians fans expect and deserve. We believe a two-person booth offers a more consistent, defined and viewer-friendly approach for the 138 telecasts on STO."
"From an overall SportTime Ohio perspective, we want a full time presence in the community for our increasing number of local programming hours and also a recognizable STO face for participation with our charitable and civic contributions to the region".
About SportsTime Ohio SportsTime Ohio is a Northern Ohio regional sports network designed to offer a variety of sports programming produced for the Ohio sports fan, with its initial venture being the largest television package in Cleveland Indians team history (158 games to be broadcast in 2006). The schedule calls for SportsTime Ohio to air 130 regular season games and eight spring training games on cable and satellite television. SportsTime Ohio also broadcasts an additional 20 games on WKYC-TV (Cleveland) and other over-the-air local television stations in key Indians television markets. Plans are being developed to offer additional programming, geared specifically toward Ohio-area sports fans and the passion that makes the region the greatest sports community. www.sportstimeohio.com
Friday’s National League Championship Series game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets at Shea Stadium will be played at 8:05 p.m. (ET) and the Oakland Athletics-Detroit TigersAmerican League Championship Series Game 3 has been moved to 4:30 p.m. (ET), it was announced today. FOX Sports and ESPN Radio will carry the games live, coming on-air at 4:00 p.m. (ET) for the ALCS and 8:00 p.m. (ET) for the NLCS.
Those fans who hold NLCS tickets that say “Home Game 1” will be able to use their tickets to Friday’s game only. Fans planning to attend tonight’s NLCS game must use tickets that say “Home Game 2.”
Luis Gonzalez is proving that he has talent beyond just the playing field.
"Gonzo" has been calling games in the postseason for ESPN radio, and will make the jump straight to the broadcast booth for Fox tonight working with their A-lineup of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver when they call Game 1 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and the Mets.
"Being still an active player, you tiptoe the line a little bit," says Gonzalez, who also called ESPN Radio playoff games. "I consider it a unique opportunity. And still being on the field gives me a different perspective."
Especially historical perspective. "I'm an old-school player," he says. "Now I'm seeing a new generation where some things are totally different. Like how they hang out. When I came up to the majors in 1990, players stayed two or three hours in the locker rooms, had a couple cold ones and talked baseball. Now maybe a handful of guys are left after games. Everybody's off doing their own thing."
Gonzalez, who joked that he should "ride out on a donkey into the sunset" after being released by the Arizona Diamondbacks, says he won't name teams he's interested in "because some are still playing. And I don't want to knock out the others." Eventually, he'd like a "limited" TV role — as opposed to a being a full-time team broadcaster — because as the father of triplets, age 8, "I want to see my kids grow up."
COMPLETE 2006 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP AND WORLD SERIES BROADCAST SCHEDULE
The following is the national broadcast schedule for 2006 American and National League Championship Series and the 2006 World Series.
FOX will provide complete coverage of all League Championship Series and World Series games, while ESPN Radio will provide national radio coverage in both English and Spanish. MLB International will be transmitting the American League Championship Series and World Series to a worldwide audience in 223 countries and territories in 13 languages.
2006 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (ALL TIMES EASTERN) League - Date - Match-up - Air Time - First Pitch
ALCS Game One Tuesday, October 10 Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
ALCS Game Two# Wednesday, October 11 Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
NLCS Game One Wednesday, October 11 St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
NLCS Game Two Thursday, October 12 St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
ALCS Game Three Friday, October 13 Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
ALCS Game Four Saturday, October 14 Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers 4:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
NLCS Game Three Saturday, October 14 New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals 7:30 p.m. 8:05 p.m.
ALCS Game Five* Sunday, October 15 Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers 4:00 p.m. 4:40 p.m.
NLCS Game Four Sunday, October 15 New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals 7:30 p.m. 8:15 p.m.
NLCS Game Five* Monday, October 16 New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
ALCS Game Six* Tuesday, October 17 Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
NLCS Game Six*^ Wednesday, October 18 St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets 4:00 p.m. 4:19 p.m.
ALCS Game Seven* Wednesday, October 18 Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
NLCS Game Seven* Thursday, October 19 St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
^ NOTE: If ALCS is over on or before 10/17, NLCS Game 6 moves to 8:00 p.m. on 10/18. # Detroit and Oakland will be on FX, except in their own markets where the game will be on FOX (with the NL game moving to FX).
2006 WORLD SERIES (ALL TIMES EASTERN) Game - Date - Match-up - Air Time
Game One Saturday, October 21 NL Champion at AL Champion 7:30 p.m.
Game Two Sunday, October 22 NL Champion at AL Champion 7:30 p.m.
Game Three Tuesday, October 24 AL Champion at NL Champion 8:00 p.m.
Game Four Wednesday, October 25 AL Champion at NL Champion 8:00 p.m.
Game Five* Thursday, October 26 AL Champion at NL Champion 8:00 p.m.
Game Six* Saturday, October 28 NL Champion at AL Champion 7:30 p.m.
Game Seven* Sunday, October 29 NL Champion at AL Champion 7:30 p.m.