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League Championship Broadcasting Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2006 07:41

REVISED: 2006 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BROADCAST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The following is the national broadcast schedule for the first four days of the 2006 American and National League Championship 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.

# 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).

 
Updated Division Series broadcast schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 October 2006 05:08
Major League Baseball announced the following updates for the national broadcasting schedule of the 2006 Division Series.

(All times ET, subject to change)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th

1:00 p.m. - ESPN2: Game 3, SD @ STL
4:00 p.m. - FOX: Game 4, NYY @ DET
7:30 p.m. - FOX: Game 3, NYM @ LA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8th
1:00 p.m. - ESPN: Game 4, SD @ STL**
4:00 p.m. - ESPN: Game 4, NYM @ LA*
7:30 p.m. - FOX: Game 5, DET @ NYY
* NYM @ LA moves to 7:30 p.m. on FOX if DET vs. NYY series is over after October 7th game.
** SD @ STL moves to 7:30 p.m. on FOX if all other series are over after October 7th games.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th
4:00 p.m. - FOX: Game 5, STL @ SD****
8:00 p.m. - FOX: Game 5, LA @ NYM
**** STL @ SD moves to 8:00 p.m. on FOX if LA vs. NYM series is over after October 8th game.

 
Turner South to Change Name to SportsSouth PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 October 2006 00:28

Five months ago, Fox Cable Networks purchased Turner South for $375 million. Now, Fox will be changing the name of the network to SportsSouth.

SportsSouth will be a regional sports network (RSN) that will show Braves games, as well as the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, and NHL Thrasher games. 

As reported:

SportSouth will televise 61 Thrashers games and 45 Hawks games during the 2006-07 seasons and 55 Braves games in 2007. SportSouth's Braves telecasts will increase to 80 games in 2008, when TBS cuts back its telecasts.

Aside from games, SportSouth will emphasize programs focusing on off-the-field, behind-the-scenes "storytelling" about Southern pro and college sports, said Jeff Genthner, vice president and general manager of FSN South and, now, SportSouth.


In an interesting naming twist, SportsSouth was the original name of what is now FSN South. The two networks will coexisit in the region with SportsSouth being entirely regional based.

The other interesting sub-plot: Turner Broadcasting's partner in the original SportSouth, Liberty Media, is in the process of buying the Braves.

(The Atlanta Journal Constitution) 

 
Sutton Will No Longer Call Games for the Braves PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 15:41

Don SuttonDon Sutton's time as a broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves is over. A Turner Broadcast System official made the announcement Thursday.

Sutton had been with the Braves since 1989. His contract had recently expired.

As part of MLB's new network television deal, Turner Sports will show division series games starting next season. Turner has offered Sutton a role as an analyst on division series playoff games that will air on TBS next year. Sutton is considering the offer.

(The AP)

 
Retrospective on Vin Scully PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 01:31

Vin ScullyRichard Sandomir of the NY Times does a retrospective on broadcasting legend, Vin Scully in today's NY Times. The article mostly covers Scully's time with the Dodgers when they were in Brooklyn.

Sandomir covers Scully's call at home last night during Game 1 of the Dodgers v. Mets ALDS game.

“Here comes a throw on that runner and here comes another runner, and Lo Duca is going to tag both of them out and the Dodgers become the Brooklyn Dodgers of old,” Scully said during the second inning of Game 1 of the Dodgers-Mets National League Division Series. He sprinkled in a tale about Babe Herman tripling into a double play — a joke about the bad old Bums. And he said, “We turn the clock back to the daffy days of the Brooklyn Dodgers.”

Scully’s lyrical voice has belonged to Los Angeles for so long that only older fans can recall Scully’s time with the Dodgers in Brooklyn from 1950 to 1957 after growing up in the Bronx and in Washington Heights. His last known address in New York was 869 West 180th Street; he took the subway to Ebbets Field during his first Dodgers season.

He called three Subway Series in his Brooklyn years, in 1953, 1955 and 1956. By then, he was living in Bogota, N.J., and his red-haired mother, Bridget, was listening to her son call Game 7 of the 1955 Series, the one in which the Dodgers, behind Johnny Podres, finally beat the Yankees.

“It got tight in the sixth, and when she was getting nervous, she walked our dog Blackie,” Scully said during an interview in a cramped radio booth before yesterday’s game. “In the seventh, same thing, more pressure, she’s anxious, she walked Blackie. Then in the ninth, the Dodgers are three outs away from winning their only world’s championship, she feels the pressure, she gets the leash, but she can’t find Blackie. The dog’s hiding.” 

(The NY Times)

 
Reds About to Become a Family Affair for the Brennamans PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 10:29

Thom BrennamanIt appears that the Reds' radio booth will become a family affair. As early as next week an announcement could be made to put Thom Brennaman in the broadcast booth with his father, Marty, for Reds games next season. As reported:

A source said the Reds had contacted the Arizona Diamondbacks for permission to talk to Brennaman and have talked to him. Marty would not comment Sunday on the possibility of Thom getting the job. Thom could not be reached for comment.

The Reds are not renewing the contract of Steve Stewart, who has partnered with Marty for the last three years. The club has said it wants to add a former player. That could still happen. Likely candidates are former Reds Tom Browning and Jeff Brantley. Brantley currently works for ESPN.

(The Cincinnati Enquirer)

 
Twins TV Ratings Up but Still Short of Vikings PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 October 2006 12:00

Television ratings for the Twins have been up recently, showing how winning impacts interest. The Twins' 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon -- which coupled with Kansas City's victory over Detroit helped Minnesota clinch the American League Central title -- had an 11.5 rating and 25 share on WFTC (Ch. 29).

While the Twins have been winning this season, the Vikings have gone 2-2 this season and have seen a dip in ratings. Even with the .500 record, the disparity between the popularity of the NFL and MLB shows in the ratings for the Vikings.

The Vikings' 17-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday had a season-low 23.6 rating and 54 share on Fox affiliate KMSP (Ch. 9).

That means 390,084 households were tuned into the Vikings, while 190,083 households had the Twins on -- a difference of 200,001 households.

(The Star Tribune

 
MLBAM Pulls Clips from iTunes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2006 09:56

Apple ComputerMajor League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the arm of MLB that deals with internet-related content, has requested that Apple Computer pull Podcast clips of MLB games from its popular iTunes site.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal:

Last week, the league asked Apple to remove all promotions from iTunes for its podcasts, says Bob Bowman, chief executive of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the Internet arm. Mr. Bowman said the decision was prompted, in part, by the lack of control the league had over how its podcasts were promoted with iTunes. He says Apple declined to give Major League Baseball podcasts better visibility on the site when the league asked for it.

He also says Apple wouldn't give the league a say in where promotions for its podcasts would appear on iTunes, leading to situations in which the league's content was adjacent to podcasts by individual baseball fans, Mr. Bowman says. "That may sound immaterial, but again the brand is very important to us," he said.

MLBAM will look to get users to view the clips once on iTunes through MLB.com. The impact to MLB should not be high as, "about three-quarters of its 40,000 to 50,000 podcast downloads a day occur through its own Web site, MLB.com."

(Free on the Wall Street Journal one-week from today's date. Afterwards, subscribers only

 
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