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@MattGalvin I really don't know why you're dragging NBA contracts into the final sentence of your post because that has nothing to do with baseball.
At any rate, no, TBS would not be carrying these games under any circumstances because TBS only carries games on Sundays, and starting this year, it's only Sundays in August and September.
This has nothing to do with play-by-play personnel being at a game or not. This has to do with what networks have the rights to what games. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, only MLB Network can show nationally televised games except for the 5 games a year that FS1 can show on those nights if BOTH teams have Fox Sports Nets as their local carrier. The Yankees and Red Sox matchups don't even qualify for that since NESN isn't owned by Fox; therefore ONLY MLB Network can carry these games.
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@DanielOrmsby Wow, lots of Kenny Albert lately. Brennaman called two games right off the bat and hasn't been on FS1 since. It's week 4 of MLB on FS1, and STILL no Vasgersian and Smoltz. They make a great team, so I hope we see a lot of them down the stretch, and I hope they get a playoff series. They still continue to call a game on MLB Network together every other week or so, but hopefully we see them on FS1 and Fox soon.
15 hours, 37 minutes ago on
@MattGalvin Yeah, they can only show games during the week where both teams have a Fox Sports network as their local outlet, and the Red Sox don't. We'll only be seeing Yankees/Red Sox on FS1 when they play weekend series.
15 hours, 42 minutes ago on
@CUbsfan They seem to be on a trend of moving start times gradually earlier. It was either last year or the year before that they moved MNF to start earlier than previous years. If I still had my old job where I started at 8 am most days, I would welcome the earlier start times, and I'm in the Central Time Zone! Those 8:40 PM starts must be brutal for people on Eastern Time that have to work the next day. I'm surprised they haven't moved them even earlier, but I guess they're trying to get most of the west coast viewers home from work before MNF starts. ESPN caring about the west coast? What a bizarre concept! >_>
17 hours, 9 minutes ago on
I didn't realize that Nantz and Simms were even calling the games that are exclusive to NFL Network. I can't stand Nantz.
17 hours, 20 minutes ago on
Do we have word on the timeslots for these new ESPN and NBC games? I assume they will all be on Saturdays, but will they be night games or day games?
17 hours, 45 minutes ago on
@Sa9273 Well, at least it's only a one-off assignment. I'm also glad that TBS will not have enough MLB playoff series this year to merit using Stockton, but at the same time, I'll miss having Bob Brenly on the TBS telecasts.
2 days, 8 hours ago on
So Dick Stockton is full time now with Fox Sports and is done with Turner Sports?
6 days, 11 hours ago on
@Sa9273 wow, so FS1 is gonna be lazy enough to just straight-up simulcast one team's telecast? It would really kill them that much to send a crew out to the game? It's not like they're covering 5 games a week or anything. It's the one day a week that they have baseball, and they won't spend the money on putting two national crews out in the field? Are Steve and Bob going to be forced to be a little more neutral, or will the broadcast be a standard D-Backs-biased broadcast?
Are we going to be seeing Joe Buck and Harold Reynolds at all on FS1 for the rest of the regular season, or are they only going to be going the games on the Fox network in addition to the playoffs on FS1?
1 week, 1 day ago on
FS1 deserves better; they're putting forth a good effort with their baseball coverage. Seems like half of the people I talk to, however, still have no idea what FS1 is or where to find it.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on
Fox is not sending Joe Buck and company to Red Sox/Yankees? What is the world coming to?
I really think they should have run a ticker every so many minutes just to quickly remind people that the unbiased broadcast is on TBS. I also agree with the other suggestion that the title of the show in the program guide should have emphasized that the TNT and TruTV feeds were biased Teamcasts.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on
@GregMolumby We're living in an era where almost all playoff sports are moving to cable. Basically the entirety of the MLB and NBA playoffs are now on cable except for their championship series, and NCAA football's championship as well as part of the NHL's Stanley Cup Final are also on cable.
Aside from the NFL, there's no longer an expectation to find any other sport's critical games on broadcast TV. We're in a cable sports world now.
@tylerarnold23 While CBS and TBS are contractual partners in the NCAA tournament coverage, they're not owned by the same company. Turner (TBS) paid CBS for the rights to these Final Four games because they want to make a profit off the biggest day of the year in college basketball, and they hope to draw a big audience by going all-out on their coverage of the event.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on
I like it overall, but I think the home run graphic is dull and not really inspiring. In the previous package and in all other networks' packages, they always have a lot of exciting animation in the graphic that appears for home runs in baseball, touchdowns in football, and goals in hockey. This new home run graphic just sits there on screen and doesn't animate or anything. The old graphic conveyed the attitude of, "WOOO! HOME RUN! GO WILD! :D ". The new graphic is like "Home run. Yeah, whatever. -_- ".
@Baseballisbest Yeah, it's pretty bad when it's opening week of MLB, and all ESPN wants to talk about is 60% NFL (a sport that's not in season) and 20% NBA. They give maybe 15% of the time to MLB and the remaining 5% to sports that they completely disrespect like hockey.
CBS does indeed seem like the smart choice. He could get a spot in the SEC football show right away, and like you said, he could rise to prominence if he does wind up getting Verne's job after he retires.
1 month, 1 week ago on Can ESPN do enough to hold onto Rece Davis?