Monday (2:30pm), Las Vegas
With less than 25 days to go before MLB Network's launch, Tony Pettiti (President, CEO MLB Network), Harold Reynolds (Studio analyst), Trenni Kusnierek (Reporter), Hazel Mae (Reporter) addressed the media regarding the fledgling channel's launch.
The press conference started with a teaser video, narratted by Reynolds, on what to expect with the new network.
While much of the information addressed has been available prior, here is a recap:
- MLB Network launches at 6pm ET on Jan. 1st with the debut episode of "Hot Stove" followed by the original broadcast of Don Larsen's perfect game in the '56 World Series. Larsen and Yogi Berra will be in-studio discussing the game.
- During the season, the studio show "MLB Tonight" will run 6pm to 2am, or whenever the last games on the West Coast are completed.
- Two studios have been created and named after former greats: Studio 3 is named after Babe Ruth, and Studio 42 is named in honor of Jackie Roibinson.
- Studio 42 will simulate a "ballpark" inside the stadium (See details, here)
- A new show called "Prime 9" will count down the top nine in a variety of baseball catagories.
- MLB Network will broadcast 16 WBC games
- The scoreboard in Studio 42 is 25' in size.
- The show "30 Teams in 30 Days" will feature reports from spring training.
- As of December 1, there are 43 multiple system operators carrying MLB Network (see a partial listing here - must be registered and logged in)
- Studio 3 will be sprinkled with 108 HD displays.
- There will be 173 seats in Studio 42 in three separate seating areas.
- In the first year of MLB Network, there will be approximatly 1,400 hours of live content on MLB Network.
In Other News...
As one veteran reporter said to me, "It's God awful this year" in reference to the pace of FA activity here on Monday afternoon.
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