MLB Network picks up one of MLB.com’s longest running programs, Fantasy 411 and will put it on its programming schedule throughout the summer. This also marks a commitment to fantasy leagues which have become extremely popular. Here’s the release:
MLB NETWORK & MLB.COM TO PARTNER ON FANTASY PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT THE 2010 REGULAR SEASONMLB.com Fantasy 411 Draft Preview to Air March 21 at 8:00 p.m. ETMLB.com’s Fantasy 411 to Air Daily on MLB Network and MLB.com Starting April 6March 15, 2010, New York & Secaucus – With 2010 fantasy baseball drafts underway, MLB Network today announced it will air the MLB.com Fantasy 411 Draft Preview on Sunday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger and Harold Reynolds along with MLB.com’s Cory Schwartz and Mike Siano, the two-hour show will provide detailed analysis and insight on the topics fantasy baseball enthusiasts will be focusing on as fantasy draft days continue before Opening Day, including:· Position-by-position analysis and player rankings· Discussion of strategy for draft day and in-season transactions· “Breakout, bargain and bust” picks for the 2010 season· Top picks for prospects expected to be called up during the 2010 seasonContinuing with the fantasy programming, throughout the 2010 regular season MLB Network will simulcast MLB.com’s Fantasy 411, the site’s longest-running hosted program, on weekdays at 5:00 p.m. ET, beginning Tuesday, April 6. The program, hosted by MLB.com’s Jeremy Brisiel, will provide key insights from analysts Schwartz and Siano to help further fans’ enjoyment and knowledge in their respective fantasy leagues.Schwartz, the Director of Stats for MLB.com and a regular contributor to MLB.com’s fantasy baseball section, has been competing in fantasy baseball since 1989, including expert competitions such as the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) and Tout Wars. Siano, the Director of Multimedia Production for MLB.com, has been competing in fantasy baseball for more than 10 years, including the highly-competitive Tout Wars league. The MLB.com Fantasy 411 can be found on its blog at http://fantasy411.mlblogs.com and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fantasy411.
NBA TV also runs a regular fantasy program and I would think that the other league-owned channels would follow suit on this.