I have a few releases for you to read today.
First, the MLB Network has released its Grapefruit and Cactus League schedules. Overall, it will show 61 games, 45 of them live. This, I like. I do believe it will pick up the local broadcast of the games.
MLB NETWORK TO BROADCAST 61 SPRING TRAINING GAMES
Broadcast Schedule Features 45 Live Games, and Includes All 30 MLB Clubs
Highlights Include First Exhibition Game at New Yankee Stadium and Second at CitiField
– MLB Network today announced its Spring Training broadcast schedule, which will feature 61 games — 45 of which will be live — featuring all 30 Major League clubs and including three World Baseball Classic exhibition games. MLB Network’s Spring Training schedule begins on Wednesday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET with Secaucus, N.J. San Franciscoat Clevelandlive from Goodyear Ballpark in All games will be simulcasts of local broadcasts, including local announcers. MLB Tonight will air for one hour every night, containing news, analysis and highlights. Goodyear, Ariz.
Highlights of the broadcast schedule include:
· Feb 28, 1:00 p.m. ET:
Tampa BayRays @ Phillies (2008 World Series rematch) Philadelphia
· March 1, 5:00 p.m. ET: Chicago White Sox @ Los Angeles Dodgers (first game at Camelback Ranch –
, the new Spring Training home for both teams) Glendale
· March 3, 1:00 p.m. ET: Team
USA@ Yankees (World Baseball Classic exhibition game, also Derek Jeter’s first career game played against the Yankees) New York
· April 3, 7:00 p.m. ET:
Cubs @ New York Yankees (first ever game at new Yankee Stadium) Chicago
· April 4, 1:00 p.m. ET:
Red Sox @ New York Mets (second game ever at CitiField) Boston
“We’re all excited for the start of baseball season, and we wanted to give fans as many Spring Training games as possible, featuring every single club,” said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. “We’re also happy to be able to give a national audience its first look at the new Mets and Yankees parks, as well as an early look at some of the World Baseball Classic teams through those exhibition games.”
The full MLB Network Spring Training broadcast schedule appears below.
MLB NETWORK SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SCHEDULE
*Indicates live broadcast
All times ET and subject to change, check mlbnetwork.com for updates
Games will be blacked out in local markets only where necessary
February 25 3:00 p.m.*
San FranciscoGiants @ Indians Cleveland
BostonRed Sox @ Twins Minnesota
February 26 4:00 p.m.
ArizonaDiamondbacks @ Indians Cleveland
February 27 1:00 p.m.*
Cardinals @ New York Mets St. Louis
San DiegoPadres @ Indians Cleveland
February 28 1:00 p.m.*
Rays @ Philadelphia Phillies Tampa Bay
Twins @ New York Yankees Minnesota
March 1 1:00 p.m.*
BostonRed Sox @ Twins Minnesota
White Sox @ Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago
HoustonAstros @ Mets New York
March 3 1:00 p.m.*
USA@ Yankees (WBC Exhibition) New York
Canada@ Blue Jays (WBC Exhibition) Toronto
March 4 9:00 p.m.*
Australia@ Mariners (WBC Exhibition) Seattle
March 5 4:00 p.m.*
ChicagoWhite Sox @ Cubs Chicago
March 6 1:00 p.m.*
WashingtonNationals @ Orioles Baltimore
March 7 3:00 p.m.*
OaklandAthletics @ Padres San Diego
March 9 1:00 p.m.*
Orioles @ New York Mets Baltimore
March 14 4:00 p.m.*
TexasRangers @ White Sox Chicago
March 15 1:00 p.m.*
Cardinals @ Philadelphia Phillies St. Louis
Royals @ San Francisco Giants Kansas City
March 16 1:00 p.m.*
Cardinals @ Detroit Tigers St. Louis
Tampa BayRays @ Pirates Pittsburgh
March 17 1:00 p.m.*
Twins @ Boston Red Sox Minnesota
March 18 1:00 p.m.*
Braves @ New York Mets Atlanta
March 19 1:00 p.m.*
St. LouisCardinals @ Rays Tampa Bay
Red Sox @ Cincinnati Reds Boston
March 20 1:00 p.m.*
CincinnatiReds @ Astros Houston
San DiegoPadres @ Cubs Chicago
Dodgers @ Kansas City Royals Los Angeles
March 21 1:00 p.m.*
Red Sox @ Florida Marlins Boston
ChicagoCubs @ White Sox Chicago
March 22 1:00 p.m.*
New YorkYankees @ Rays Tampa Bay
ClevelandIndians @ Colorado Rockies
March 23 1:00 p.m.*
FloridaMarlins @ Astros Houston
MilwaukeeBrewers @ Colorado Rockies
March 24 1:00 p.m.*
New YorkMets @ Astros Houston
Red Sox @ New York Yankees Boston
March 25 1:00 p.m.*
Tigers @ New York Mets Detroit
AtlantaBraves @ Nationals Washington
March 26 4:00 p.m.*
Los AngelesAngels of Anaheim@ Indians Cleveland
Cubs @ San Francisco Giants Chicago
March 27 1:00 p.m.*
DetroitTigers @ Braves Atlanta
Brewers @ Texas Rangers Milwaukee
March 28 1:00 p.m.*
PhiladelphiaPhillies @ Pirates Pittsburgh
ChicagoCubs @ Colorado Rockies
Yankees @ Atlanta Braves New York
March 29 1:00 p.m.*
Braves @ Detroit Tigers Atlanta
Kansas CityRoyals @ Mariners Seattle
March 30 1:00 p.m.*
Tampa BayRays @ Twins Minnesota
San DiegoPadres @ Indians Cleveland
March 31 4:00 p.m.*
Los AngelesAngels of Anaheim@ Cubs Chicago
Brewers @ San Diego Padres Milwaukee
April 1 1:00 p.m.*
FloridaMarlins @ Orioles Baltimore
TexasRangers @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
ArizonaDiamondbacks @ Brewers Milwaukee
April 2 3:00 p.m.*
White Sox @ Milwaukee Brewers Chicago
Los AngelesAngels of Anaheim@ Dodgers Los Angeles
April 3 7:00 p.m.*
Cubs @ New York Yankees Chicago
April 4 1:00 p.m.*
Red Sox @ New York Mets Boston
BaltimoreOrioles @ Nationals Washington
Brewers @ Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee
Next, PGA Tour.com is going to provide extensive coverage of Tiger Woods’ return tomorrow at the Match Play Championship.
PGATOUR.COM Tees Off Exclusive Coverage of Tiger Woods’ Return to the PGA TOUR Beginning on Wednesday, February 25 During Match Play Championship
Comprehensive online hole-by-hole video, audio, scoring and editorial coverage available exclusively on PGATOUR.COM
PGATOUR.COM, the online home of the PGA TOUR, will offer comprehensive live coverage of Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA TOUR this week during his first tournament in eight months at the World Golf Championships – Match Play Championship beginning on Wednesday, February 25. For the first time, the event is scheduled to feature all 64 of the world’s top-ranked players. For the benefit of fans, PGATOUR.COM will unveil a ‘Tiger Returns’ microsite to provide real-time updates and exclusive online video content highlighting Woods’ first event since the 2008 U.S. Open. The site will be the only online destination with hole-by-hole video coverage, a live scorecard, a live swing-by-swing blog from a PGATOUR.COM writer, live tournament bracket scoring, live audio streaming coverage and all of Woods’ news conferences throughout the tournament.
“Tiger Woods is one of the world’s premier athletes and his return to the PGA TOUR is newsworthy and captivating to all sports fans,” said Matthew Hong, vice president and general manager of sports digital for Turner Sports. “Fans rely on PGATOUR.COM for the most comprehensive tournament coverage and we continue in our mission to offer the best live experience, delivered in the most innovative package, for all the sport’s biggest news and events.”
Exclusive features of PGATOUR.COM’s coverage include:
Hole-by-hole video wrap-ups allows fans to watch highlights of every hole online during Woods’ opening match(es) with video posted shortly after completion of each hole.
- Live scorecard highlights Woods’ performance during the exciting match-play event and tracks all the matches.
- Live, inside the ropes blog provides up-to-the-minute coverage from PGATOUR.COM’s T.J. Auclair who will write first hand accounts of the event’s golf action as well as the atmosphere of the tournament, giving fans an inside-the-ropes experience from their computers.
- Live tournament bracket scoring tracks the winners of each round and indicates their next opponent.
- Highlights and interviews recap each day of the tournament and offer the perspective from Woods himself on his day’s performance.
And Sirius XM’s PGA Tour Radio is also going to cover Tiger’s return.
SIRIUS XM RADIO COVERS TIGER WOODS’ RETURN TO ACTION ON THE PGA TOUR NETWORK
PGA TOUR Network offers live hole-by-hole coverage of this week’s World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship in
Daily talk shows will feature analysis and discussion on Tiger’s first tournament since undergoing reconstructive knee surgery last June
NEW YORK – February 23, 2009 – SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) will offer comprehensive coverage of Tiger Woods’ return to PGA TOUR action at this week’s World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship on The PGA TOUR Network, the only radio channel dedicated to covering the PGA TOUR 365 days a year. The PGA TOUR Network is available nationwide on XM channel 146 and on SIRIUS channel 209 with the “Best of XM” programming package.
Woods, who announced last week that he would return for the match play event, has not competed in a tournament since winning the U.S. Open last June. Eight days after defeating Rocco Mediate in a dramatic playoff to capture his 14th major championship and 65th PGA TOUR title, Woods underwent reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. His first competitive stroke after more than eight months off the TOUR will come this Wednesday when he faces Brendan Jones of
Australiain the first round at the Ritz Carlton Golf Course, Dove Mountain, in . Marana, Arizona
Woods, who won this event for the third time last year, is one of a field of the top 64 ranked players in the world that includes Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and many other distinguished golfers from around the globe. Unlike the more common stroke play events on the calendar, the WGC-Match Play Championship features dramatic head-to-head match play in a five day bracket-style tournament that culminates in a two-player final on Sunday, March 1.
The PGA TOUR Network on SIRIUS XM will feature live coverage of the Match Play Championship, hosted by Brian Katrek alongside lead analyst, former PGA TOUR member John Maginnes, with hole-by-hole updates from on-course reporters Dennis Paulson, a 10-year TOUR veteran, veteran broadcaster Fred Albers and former professional caddy Michael Collins. Live coverage starts Wednesday through Friday at 12:00 pm ET and Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am ET and runs through the conclusion of each day’s play. Each day’s live on-course coverage is immediately followed by a wrap-up of the day’s action on PGA TOUR Replay.
In addition to the live tournament coverage, The PGA TOUR Network offers a daily lineup of talk shows featuring compelling golf talk and expert analysis. In the wake of Tiger’s announcement, speculation about the state of his game is high and SIRIUS XM’s hosts will cover the discussion from every angle, monitoring Tiger’s performance in practice and on the course, interviewing players and others associated with the game, and offering a forum for fans to express their opinions on the return of the world’s #1 golfer.
Every Tuesday morning (7:30 am ET) is the premiere of a new edition of oPINionated, the weekly talk show hosted by popular PGA TOUR member Chris DiMarco and broadcaster Greg Warmoth. This week’s show, which replays several times throughout the week, will feature DiMarco’s thoughts on Tiger’s return and its impact on the game and his fellow competitors.
Every weekday morning (8:00-10:00 am ET), T.J. Rives hosts Playing Thru, which this week will feature a daily discussion on Tiger and other headlines from the world of golf, plus one-on-one interviews and e-mails from listeners around the country.
Talk of the TOUR, the weekly show hosted by John Swantek, debuts Tuesday (7:00 am ET) and re-airs several times, and will preview the Accenture Match Play Championship field and the first day’s match-ups.
Those are all of the press releases I see in my inbox. If I get more, I’ll post them.
Edited to add: Fox has just sent over a release stating its NASCAR race on Sunday was the most watched sporting event of the weekend.
AUTOCLUB 500 ON FOX IS WEEK’S HIGHEST-RATED, MOST-WATCHED SPORTS EVENT
Race Ranks with Top-Rated Prime Time Shows
New York— FOX Sports’ coverage of the AUTOCLUB 500 on Sunday evening (2/22) was the top-rated, most-watched sports event of the week and was one of the highest-rated prime time programs among several popular demographic categories, including adults 18-49.
According to Nielsen Media Research, the race posted a 6.0/10 national household rating/share, with 10.2 million viewers watching, by far the highest-rated and most-watched sports event of the week. Placing a distant second was Sunday’s final round of the Northern Trust Open on CBS (3.7/7, 4.8 million viewers).
Out of 80 prime time programs televised on the four major broadcast networks last week, the AUTOCLUB 500 on FOX placed fifth among men 25-54 (5.8), seventh among men 18-49 (4.4) and 14th in the important adults18-49 category (3.7). Among men 25-54, the AUTOCLUB 500 beat well-known shows such as Lost and Two-and-a-Half Men; among men 18-49, the race out-distanced Heroes and Survivor: Tocantins; and among adults 18-49 the race out-rated Biggest Loser and Criminal Minds.
Sunday’s AUTOCLUB 500 coverage also fared well opposite expected stiff competition from the Academy Awards. FOX’s 5.9/9 prime time household average on Sunday fared +28% better than FOX’s recent performance versus the Oscars (4.6 average from 2004 to 2007), and +13% better among adults 18-49 (3.6 vs. 3.2). Last year’s NASCAR race opposite the Academy Awards show was delayed by rain and pre-empted the planned prime time lineup, so it was excluded from this comparison. The 2009 Academy Awards on ABC averaged a 20.6/36.
Now I think we’re done.
EDITED TO ADD: We’re not done. MLB Network will have the Mets’ David Wright to talk about the World Baseball Classic tonight.
DAVID WRIGHT INTERVIEWED AS PART OF MLB NETWORK’S WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC ROSTER SPECIAL TONIGHT AT 6:00 P.M. ET
Mets Third Baseman and World Baseball Classic USA team member David Wright was interviewed as part of MLB Network’s World Baseball Classic Roster Special, which will air at 6:00 p.m. ET tonight. Wright talked with Victor Rojas and Harold Reynolds about gearing up to play in his first World Baseball Classic, which begins March 5. MLB Network will televise 16 World Baseball Classic games along with a nightly studio show titled World Baseball Classic Tonight, dedicated to the world’s premier international baseball tournament.
Highlights of the interview include:
ON HIS FIRST WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC:
“I can’t wait. I got down here to Spring Training a little bit early to try to get started a little bit earlier and try to face some live pitching to get ready because when you put that
across your chest, to me, there is really no bigger honor as a baseball player to go represent your country. Obviously, wearing the uniform is something I am going to be very proud of and looking over to your left seeing Derek Jeter and some of those guys who are teammates just sitting around and talking baseball. I’m going to soak it up, try to learn as much as possible, and hopefully come away with a few wins.” USA
ON THE WBC INTERFERRING WITH 2009 PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS:
“I think it will help with the development of getting ready for the regular season because you’re talking about playing in meaningful games, big at bats, trying to get runners over, get runners in. We were talking today with our manager Jerry Manuel and he likes the idea of a lot of us going to play in the classic because it puts us in those real life game situations where every at bat counts, being unselfish, trying to do things for the good of the team, and hopefully that will put us in a position where we are ready come first week of April.”
ON PLAYING WITH RIVAL
PHILLIES DURING THE WBC: PHILADELPHIA
“Well hopefully for the few weeks together we’ll have a little truce (smiling). We’ll stop the war of words for at least a couple of weeks and as much as we obviously don’t get along with them all that well we respect them and we congratulate them obviously on their championship and I think we can learn a lot from a team like that.”
ON JOKING WITH FELLOW METS TEAMMATES AND WBC COMPETITION:
“Oh I told Jose [Reyes] ‘I’m coming in hard and you better watch out!’ (laughs and smiles) because if I get a chance to break up a double play I’m coming in hard.”
ON MENTAL PREPARATION FOR THE WBC:
“We’ve got a lot of guys on the team this year that participated in that first World Baseball Classic and obviously they are let down so we’re going to look to those guys to lead the team and prepare us for the expectations going into it because it’s a different kind of format. It’s a different style of play where obviously every game is huge and one game you could be going home so we’re going to look to those guys to kind of lead us and hopefully the young guys can provide some energy.”
ON WANTING SOMETHING MORE THAN A WBC CHAMPIONSHIP:
“Maybe a World Series. How about both of them? I’ll take that one (smiles and laughs). We’ll put both of them up there on kind of the same level.”
Ok, that’s it for the press releases. If I get more, they’ll go in a separate post.