Comcast today announced that it has added MLB Network to its digital cable lineup in New England.
MLB Network, which is debuting on January 1 to more than 50 million homes nationwide, offers baseball fans a full menu of year-round baseball news and entertainment, from pre-season deal-making to spring training to live game coverage to daily analysis of the league and its teams. In its inaugural year, the channel will offer more than 1,400 hours of live programming, including at least 26 of baseball's best match-ups.
Of special interest to New England sports fans, the launch will also bring former NESN reporter Hazel Mae back to television in New England. Mae will report for the MLB Network programs Hot Stove, the live nightly off-season studio show featuring news, reports and analysis of the moves various teams make and the planning in preparation for the upcoming season, and MLB Tonight, the network's premiere live in-season studio show that will air each night.
"We are excited to add even more programming to our industry-leading sports lineup as part of our commitment to provide fans with a fantastic baseball viewing experience," said Doug Guthrie, Vice President of Comcast's Western New England Region. "Given the year-round wealth of breaking news that really is unique to Major League Baseball and the incredibly high interest in baseball here in New England, fans are sure to embrace MLB Network's in-depth programming."
"We are thrilled to be launching MLB Network on Comcast systems in New England," said Tony Petitti, MLB Network President and CEO. "MLB Network will offer baseball fans an insider's perspective on the sport that has never been seen before. This launch further expands on our ability to bring the ultimate coverage of the national pastime to fans on a 24/7 basis."
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