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MLB 2012 LCS Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 12 October 2012 23:30

2012 NLCS

The following is the national broadcast schedule for the American League and the National League Championship Series.  TBS will provide national coverage of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees. FOX Sports will provide national coverage of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.  ESPN Radio will provide complete coverage of all League Championship Series games, and additional live coverage will be provided by SiriusXM Radio, MLB International and MLB.com.

Date

Game

Network

Time (ET)

Sat., Oct. 13th

ALCS Game 1, DET @ NYY

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 14th

ALCS Game 2, DET @ NYY

TBS

4:07 p.m.

NLCS Game 1, STL @ SF

FOX

8:15 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 15th

NLCS Game 2, STL @ SF

FOX

8:07 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 16th

ALCS Game 3, NYY @ DET

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 17th

NLCS Game 3, SF @ STL

FOX

4:07 p.m.

ALCS Game 4, NYY @ DET

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 18th

ALCS Game 5*, NYY @ DET

TBS

4:07 p.m.

NLCS Game 4, SF @ STL

FOX

8:07 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 19th

NLCS Game 5*, SF @ STL

FOX

8:07 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 20th

ALCS Game 6*, DET @ NYY

TBS

8:07 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 21st

NLCS Game 6*, STL @ SF^

FOX

4:45 p.m.

ALCS Game 7*, DET @ NYY

TBS

8:15 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 22nd

NLCS Game 7*, STL @ SF

FOX

8:07 p.m.

* indicates if necessary.

^ If ALCS is complete, then NLCS Game 6 will shift to 7:45 p.m. (ET).

Please note that the schedule above is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

Source: Major League Baseball


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2012 MLB LDS Game Times and Stations for Oct 11, 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:22

2012 MLB Postseason

The following is the confirmed game times for the remaining Division Series games based on this evening’s Game Four win by the Oakland Athletics over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, with the series now tied at two games apiece.

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 5, SF @ CIN

1:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 4, STL @ WSH

4:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 4, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 5, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

Fri.

Oct. 12th

ALDS Game 5, BAL @ NYY

5:07 p.m. (ET)%

TBS

Fri.

Oct. 12th

NLDS Game 5, STL @ WSH

8:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Italics above denote If Necessary

%   Shifts to 7:07 p.m. (ET) on TBS if STL-WSH series ends on Thursday, October 11th.


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MLB Releases Remainder of 2012 LDS Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:10

2012 MLB Postseason

With the Giants and the A’s staving off elimination yesterday, Major League Baseball has released the remainder of the 2012 League Division Series (LDS) schedule.

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games. 

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Tues.

Oct. 9th

NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN (SF wins, 2-1 in 10 innings)

5:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK (OAK wins, 2-0)

9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 3, STL @ WSH

1:07 p.m. (ET)

MLBN

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 4, SF @ CIN

4:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 3, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)*

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 4, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 5, SF @ CIN

1:07 p.m. (ET)^

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

NLDS Game 4, STL @ WSH

4:07 p.m. (ET)^

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 4, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)^

TBS

Thurs.

Oct. 11th

ALDS Game 5, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

Fri.

Oct. 12th

ALDS Game 5, BAL @ NYY

5:07 p.m. (ET)%

TBS

Fri.

Oct. 12th

NLDS Game 5, STL @ WSH

8:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

 

Italics denote if necessary

*    Shifts to 8:37 p.m. (ET) on TBS if the CIN-SF and DET-OAK series both end on Tuesday, October 9th.

^    On Thursday, SF-CIN, STL-WSH and BAL-NYY each shift to one hour later if DET-OAK series ends on either Tuesday, October 9th or Wednesday, October 10th.

%   Shifts to 7:07 p.m. (ET) on TBS if STL-WSH series ends on Thursday, October 11th.

MLB Network will air the St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Game 3 on Wednesday afternoon, while Turner Sports will air the remainder of the Division Series games (up to 18 games total).  ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2012 MLB Postseason games.


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MLB Releases 2012 LDS Schedule Through Weds. PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 08:42

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As MLB's 2012 postseason rolls on, here are the start times and network broadcast partners for the LDS through Weds.

Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Mon.

Oct. 8th

NLDS Game 2, WSH @ STL (STL wins, 12-4, Series 1-1)

4:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Mon.

Oct. 8th

ALDS Game 2, NYY @ BAL (BAL wins, 3-2, Series 1-1))

8:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN

5:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK

9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 3, STL @ WSH

1:07 p.m. (ET)

MLBN

Wed.

Oct. 10th

NLDS Game 4, SF @ CIN

4:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 3, BAL @ NYY

7:37 p.m. (ET)*

TBS

Wed.

Oct. 10th

ALDS Game 4, DET @ OAK

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TNT

 

*Shifts to 8:37 p.m. (ET) on TBS if the CIN-SF and DET-OAK series both end on Tuesday, October 9th

MLB Network will air the St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Game 3 on Wednesday afternoon, while Turner Sports will air the remainder of the Division Series games (up to 18 games total).  ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2012 MLB Postseason games.

Source: Major League Baseball


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TBS Pulls a 3.7 Overnight Rating For MLB's First-Ever Wild Card Games PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 October 2012 16:37

 

2012 MLB Postseason Logo

Whether the ratings were good or bad, these numbers are historic. After all, it’s the first time that MLB has had the Wild Card play-in games where the winner moves on the LDS and the loser starts booking tee-times. The games, which saw the Cardinals beat the Braves 6-3 and the Orioles win over the Rangers 5-1 was dripping with compelling stories. Both road teams won, it was Chipper Jones’ last game of his career, the Orioles were back in the playoffs after a drought of 14 years, and along the way there was the “Infield Fly Rule” debacle, and a host of errors by the Braves.

So how did it rank on television? While the NFL must surely be laughing, TBS’s exclusive live doubleheader coverage of Major League Baseball’s first-ever Wild Card averaged a 3.7 overnight rating, based on Nielsen overnight ratings. The network’s telecasts, marking the start of the 2012 MLB Postseason, were up 12 percent compared with an averaged 3.3 overnight rating for the entire Division Series last year. When compared to last year’s opening day of the MLB Postseason (Texas vs. Tampa Bay, ALDS Game 1 – 2.3 overnight rating), the Wild Card games are up 61 percent.

The question is, will it all continue? We’ll find out as MLB goes head-to-head with NCAA Football on Saturday and the NFL on Sunday.


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MLB Releases Updated 2012 Postseason Broadcast Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 October 2012 13:51

2012 MLB Postseason

UPDATE: With the Cardinals and the Orioles winning their one-game Wild Card play-ins, the schedule below has been updated to reflect in the ALDS and NLDS.

MLB has released more of the 2012 postseason schedule. Please note that the schedule below is tentative and subject to change based on postponed and/or suspended games.

DAY

DATE

SERIES

TIME

NETWORK

Fri.

Oct. 5th

N.L. Wild Card Game, STL @ ATL

5:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Fri.

Oct. 5th

A.L. Wild Card Game, BAL @ TEX

8:37 p.m. (ET)/7:37 p.m. (CT)

TBS

Sat.

Oct. 6th

ALDS Game 1, OAK @ DET

6:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Sat.

Oct. 6th

NLDS Game 1, CIN @ SF

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Sun.

Oct. 7th

ALDS Game 2, OAK @ DET

12:07 p.m. (ET)

MLBN

Sun.

Oct. 7th

NLDS Game 1, WSH @ STL

3:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Sun.

Oct. 7th

ALDS Game 1, NYY @ BAL

6:15 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Sun.

Oct. 7th

NLDS Game 2, CIN @ SF

9:37 p.m. (ET)/6:37 p.m. (PT)

TBS

Mon.

Oct. 8th

NLDS Game 2, WSH @ STL

4:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Mon.

Oct. 8th

ALDS Game 2, NYY @ BAL

8:07 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

NLDS Game 3, SF @ CIN

5:37 p.m. (ET)

TBS

Tues.

Oct. 9th

ALDS Game 3, DET @ OAK

9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT)

TBS

 

TBS will air up to 18 of the potential Division Series games, while MLB Network will air a Division Series game on Sunday, October 7th and Wednesday, October

For the first time in its four-year history, MLB Network will exclusively televise a Postseason game as Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat call Game Two of the American League Division Series featuring the Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers this Sunday, October 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET, live from Comerica Park.

  • The game marks Kaat’s return to an MLB Postseason telecast for the first time in 17 years and Vasgersian’s first-ever MLB Postseason call after being the play-by-play voice for the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres for eleven seasons before joining MLB Network in 2009.
  • Bob Costas will join Kaat in the broadcast booth to call MLB Network’s second exclusive LDS game telecast on Wednesday, October 10.
    • Wednesday’s game will mark Costas’s first MLB Postseason game call since the 2000 ALCS.
  • Sam Ryan will serve as reporter for both LDS game telecasts on MLB Network.
  • Both game telecasts will be available across the country exclusively on MLB Network, including Detroit and Oakland’s home television territories.
  • MLB Network will air complete coverage of the 2012 Postseason, including previews, highlights, analysis, interviews and press conferences across all of its studio programming. MLB Tonight will air live before and after every Postseason game, with reporters on-site at each ballpark during the Division Series and Championship Series, and MLB Tonight and Intentional Talk on the road during the World Series.
  • 2008 World Series champion Jimmy Rollins and two-time American League champion Omar Vizquel will serve as in-studio guest analysts on MLB Tonight during the League Division Series.

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With 2012 Regular Season Over, Here are MLB Playoff Game Times Through Sat PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 October 2012 00:37

2012 MLB Postseason Logo

With the playoffs now set, here are the playoff game times.

Wild Card Play-In Games (Fri, Oct 5)

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

5:07 PM

TBS

Braves

Cardinals

Lohse vs Medlen

8:30 PM

TBS

Rangers

Orioles

Undecided vs Darvish

 

Saturday, Oct 6

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

6:00 PM

TBS

Tigers

Athletics

Undecided vs Verlander

9:37 PM

TBS

Giants

Reds

Cueto vs Cain

 

Sunday, Oct 7

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

TBD

TBS

Tigers

Athletics

 

TBD

TBS

Giants

Reds

Arroyo vs Bumgarner

 

Tuesday, Oct 9

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

TBD

TBS

Athletics

Tigers

 

TBD

TBS

Giants

Reds

Lincecum vs Latos

 

Weds, Oct 10

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

TBD

TBS

Athletics

Tigers

 

TBD

TBS

Giants

Reds

 

 

Thurs, Oct 11

Time (ET)

Network

Home

Away

Pitchers

TBD

TBS

Athetics

Tigers

 

TBD

TBS

Giants

Reds

 


Stay tuned to The Biz of Baseball for more playoff details


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MLB on Cusp of TV Extensions with FOX, TBS That Will Net $800M Annually PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 September 2012 17:51

MLBWhen MLB inked the largest television rights extension in their history with ESPN in late August (see ESPN Reaches Largest Broadcast Deal Ever for MLB), the question was what would happen with the games that FOX and TBS were covering as the other broadcast partners with the league. Would extensions with the two transpire? Would the games all move to one of the two, or would NBC Sports Network jump into the fray? With ESPN ostensibly doubling their rights fee, it set the table.

Now, it appears that both FOX and TBS will renew their deals with the league, and follow suit with ESPN and double the rights fees. Both extensions would begin in 2014 and would run through 2021, just as the ESPN extension does. FOX will reportedly pay approx. $500 million annually while TBS will jump to $300 million per year.

All told, that means MLB will now see $1.5 billion annually in national television rights fees, up 111 percent from the $711.7 million they currently see.

How will this affect the individual clubs?

With MLB’s national media rights revenues part of the league’s central funds that are distributed evenly to all 30 clubs, each one will see $50 million annually, or an additional $26.28 million each year over the $23.72 million they  now see. That could give each club the ability to be competitive for a star-caliber free agent, and then some.

The following breaks down how the broadcast deals will look once completed

Broadcast Partner

Prior (Annually)

New (Annually)

Increase (Annually)

Total Contract

ESPN

$306 million

$700 million

$394 million

$5.6 billion

FOX

$257.1 million

$500 million

$242.9 million

$4 billion

TBS

$148.6 million

$300 million

$151.4 million

$2.4 billion

TOTAL

$711.7 million

$1.5 billion

$788.3 million

$12 billion


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ESPN Reaches Largest Broadcast Deal Ever for MLB PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:14

MLB

Major League Baseball and ESPN today announced the largest broadcast deal in league history with a new eight-year, $5.6 billion agreement ($700 million annually) that will carry their longstanding relationship into its fourth decade.  The agreement sets the standard going forward for Major League Baseball broadcasting as ESPN’s annual rights fee will increase by 100% over its current deals ($306 million annually), marking a new all-time record for an MLB broadcasting deal. The deal grants ESPN, which first began televising Major League Baseball games in 1990, a significant increase in studio and game content, including the right to broadcast up to 90 regular season MLB games per year across the ESPN networks beginning in 2014 and running through the 2021 season.  ESPN will continue to telecast three Major League Baseball windows each week including Monday nights, Wednesday nights, and the nationally exclusive “Sunday Night Baseball” franchise. 

Not accounting for any expenses in the deal, each of the 30 clubs in the league would share equally in the revenue which comes to $23.33 million annually, up from $10.2 million in the deal prior.

In addition, ESPN will once again televise Postseason baseball, beginning in 2014 with one of the two Wild Card Games presented by Budweiser.  ESPN will alternate airing the American League and National League Wild Card Games each year.  Also starting in 2014, ESPN will have the rights to all potential regular season tiebreaker games.  This new agreement covers television and radio rights to MLB programming both in the U.S. and internationally, and will include expanded hours of Baseball Tonight and other ancillary baseball programming across ESPN platforms.  In addition, ESPN MLB game telecasts and other baseball programming will be available via ESPN3.com and the Watch ESPN app.  ESPN has also made a commitment to showcase each of the 30 MLB Clubs at least once per season in a live game telecast.

Commissioner Selig was more than happy with the deal reached.

 “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am thrilled that we will continue our long-standing relationship with ESPN far into the future.  The level of ESPN’s commitment to baseball – both financially and through its expanded content – is a testament to the strength of our game and its unprecedented popularity among our fans,” Selig said.  “Through its various networks and other media platforms, ESPN offers baseball fans more avenues to experience the game than ever before, and we’re thankful for their continued support.”

ESPN President John Skipper said: “We’re thrilled to renew our long-standing agreement with Major League Baseball into the next decade. It’s a great property. The enormous scope of what we acquired will provide fans with more live baseball and more ways to access baseball content than ever before.”

          Additional details of the agreement include:

  • ESPN will continue to have exclusive television rights to certain MLB All-Star Week events including the State Farm Home Run Derby and Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.
  • A nationally exclusive Opening Night national telecast, as well as full coverage of Opening Day and national holiday games (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day).
  • Up to 10 Spring Training games each season.
  • In each year of the agreement, ESPN will air six one-hour specials created by Major League Baseball Productions, the Emmy Award-winning television and video production division of Major League Baseball.

A larger question was how the digital aspect of the deal impacts MLB Advanced Media who oversees MLB.com. A cash-cow for the league, questions of competition come with the new agreement.

Addressing the media, Selig said he has been amazed at the growth of MLBAM and that “you won’t recognize it” in ten to twelve years, a reference to its growth.

Bob Bowman, the CEO of MLBAM said, “We couldn’t ask for a better partner and competitor than ESPN,” adding that he did not see it adversely impacting the digital rights arm of baseball.

And then there’s the issue of the exclusivity agreements that impact the league’s blackout policy via the MLB Extra Innings television package or MLB.TV, the now decade-old digital streaming of games. With the increase to 90 games a season, more Sunday games will be blacked out nationally. And while the blackout issue on Sunday evenings for ESPN has been difficult, it is nationally televised Saturday day games on FOX that has created the biggest blackout issue. To that, ESPN is really the first of three national broadcast deals that will be addressed shortly as the deals with FOX and TBS still have yet to be addressed. It could be as late asthe end of 2013 when the contracts expire before those addressed.


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Vin Scully to Return to Broadcast Booth in 2013 for 64th Season PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 August 2012 11:14

Vin Scully

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, one of the most revered figures in Los Angeles sports history, will return to the broadcast booth for an unprecedented 64th season in 2013, it was announced. Scully will again call all Dodger home and road games in California and Arizona.

“The new ownership of the Dodgers has revitalized the city, the team, the fans and myself,” Scully said. “I am so convinced of their great purpose and leadership that I eagerly look forward to joining them in pursuit of the next Dodgers championship.”

Widely regarded as the finest sportscaster of all time, Scully’s 63 years of service mark the longest tenure in his field. While he calls all nine innings of the team's television broadcasts on PRIME TICKET and KCAL 9, the first three innings of each of his games are also simulcast on AM 570 Fox Sports LA.

“The Dodgers are ecstatic to have Vin back with the team in 2013,” said Dodger Chairman and Owner Mark Walter. “Vin is a treasure to the Dodgers, baseball and the city of Los Angeles and having him continuing his work in the broadcast booth next season means a great deal to all of us.”

“It was a treat to be able to listen to Chick Hearn through my years with the Lakers,” said Dodger owner Earvin Johnson, “and it’s been great to be able to listen to Vin work his magic in the broadcast booth since I came to Los Angeles in 1979. Generations of Angelenos have been blessed to have these Hall of Famers in their midst.”

“We’re thrilled to know that in our quest to heighten the fan experience at Dodger Stadium, the fan experience everywhere Vin’s voice can be heard will continue to be maximized through at least the 2013 season,” said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten.

Scully began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. During his unmatched career, he has called three perfect games, 25 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. Iconic moments called by Scully include Kirk Gibson’s miraculous Game 1 homer in the 1988 World Series, Hank Aaron’s record-setting 715th home run, Sandy Koufax’s four no-hitters, including a perfect game, and the scoreless-inning streaks of Dodger greats Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser.

When Scully began broadcasting, the Dodgers had yet to win a World Series. Three years later, at the age of 25, he became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game. In 1955, he had his most memorable moment behind the microphone, as he called the Dodgers' first and only championship in Brooklyn.

In Los Angeles, Scully called Dodger World Championships in 1959, ’63, ’65, ’81 and ’88 and he was elected the top sportscaster of the 20th century by the non-profit American Sportscasters Association.

Source: Los Angeles Dodgers


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