Derek Jeter’s Home Farewell Sets New York Ratings Record for YES

The last home game in Derek Jeter’s career turned out to be a success not only for the Yankees as they beat the Baltimore Orioles on a walkoff single by the shortstop, but also for YES Network which aired the game live throughout the New York DMA. YES says it averaged a 10.84 rating for […]

ESPN Adds Two MLB Games to Its Schedule This Week

As the baseball pennant races go down to the wire, ESPN has added what it has called “Postseason Impact Games” which basically means contests that have playoff implications. Not sure why it has to use “Postseason Impact Games” to make them sound more important, but here we are. On Tuesday, ESPN will air Baltimore at […]

Vin Scully to Return in 2015 to Call His 66th Season with the Dodgers

Announced Tuesday night during a break in the Atlanta Braves-Los Angeles Dodgers game, American Treasure Vin Scully will return for a 66th season as the Voice of the Dodgers. Totally amazing that Vin has called games for that long. He’ll call all nine innings on SportsNet LA and simulcast the first three innings on radio. […]

MLB Network to Air Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

This Sunday, MLB Network will air one of baseball’s great summer events when the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 is inducted. It’ll be an Atlanta Braves theme as Bobby Cox, Tommy Glavine and Greg Maddux will be entering the Hall along with Frank Thomas, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre. In addition, writer Roger […]

2014 MLB All-Star Game Hits Four Year High in Ratings, Viewership

As much as we pick on the MLB All-Star Game for what’s wrong, we may finally be seeing something right about the exhibition game that counts for something (we can debate that until the cows come home). For the second straight year, the All-Star Game saw its viewership increase. In 2014, Fox garnered an average […]

MLB on TBS is Back on July 6

After being off for the first half of the season, TBS returns to Major League Baseball this Sunday for a 13-game regular season schedule. In addition to the 13 Sunday afternoon games, TBS will carry one Wild Card Playoff game (ESPN has the other), two League Division Series (Fox Sports 1 will carry the other […]

Guest Column: Which sports are best on cable?

While I’m in California attending a wedding, Fang’s Bites will present various guest columns from contributors all over the country. We begin with Nathan Brice of Birmingham, AL who presents the question, which sports work best being televised on cable and which work best on broadcast TV? It’s an interesting question and one Nathan tries […]

24: Live Another Day on Fox Sports

When 24 was airing regularly on Fox, Fox Sports would be a big supporter of the show with promos during the World Series, countdown clocks during “The O.T.” before season premieres and plenty of in-game mentions during the NFL and NASCAR. As 24: Live Another Day is about to premiere on Monday, Fox Sports is […]

Some Weekend Sports Media Thoughts

Time for a long overdue sports media post. You get three columns-in-one. Nice concept for you. If you don’t know the name Sandy Grossman in the pantheon of sports television, you should. He was the “A” director on the NFL on CBS and Fox, the NBA on CBS, the NHL on Fox and directed two […]

DEVELOPING: Fox Sports 1 to Air One MLB League Championship Series

This broken by Steve Lepore at Awful Announcing today, Fox Sports Executive Producer John Entz has confirmed that Fox Sports 1 will air on League Championship Series in its entirety this season. TBS will air the other LCS. It means that the League Championship Series just like the League Division Series and the Wild Card […]

NESN Hires Steve Lyons as Studio Analyst

This coming from NESN, the home of the Boston Red Sox. Steve Lyons has been hired as a studio analyst. For the past nine seasons, he was with Fox Sports Prime Ticket working as both as pregame/postgame analyst as well as a game analyst on Los Angeles Dodgers games. When the Dodgers moved to SportsNet […]

What You’ll See on ESPN’s 25th MLB Season

It’s hard to believe that ESPN and Major League Baseball go back 25 years, but it’s true. Their relationship began in 1990 and has gone non-stop ever since. It first began with Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Night Baseball, then expanded to postseason coverage in 1996 followed by getting shut out of the postseason by […]

ESPN Enters Its 25th Season of Televising MLB

Finally, after what has seemed to be an endless two months of unwatchable Spring Training games, the season is ready to start for real. Not counting those two games in Australia, the 2014 Major League Baseball season begins in earnest on Sunday when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the San Diego Padres. ESPN will air […]

The Nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards

The nominees are out. A few interesting developments for this year’s Emmys. In the play-by-play category, Al Michaels is noticeably absent. Marv Albert, Mike Breen, Joe Buck, Bob Costas (?) and Mike Emrick are nominees. I guess the Academy decided to put Bob in this category in addition to his customary Studio Host nomination. For […]

Bob Costas and Matt Vasgersian are the Main MLB Network Voices

Announced this week by MLB Network, Bob Costas and Matt Vasgersian will be the main play-by-voices for games that are produced in-house. Joining them on the broadcasts as analysts will be Jim Kaat and John Smoltz. Sam Ryan and Tom Verducci will be the on-field reporters for the games. MLB Network plans a schedule of […]

Fox Names Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz as MLB Announcing Team

A week after announcing that Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci are the “A” MLB on Fox team, we have this stating that MLB Network stalwarts Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz are another team. They would be likely the “B” team for Fox. They’ll call games on both Fox and Fox Sports 1. Vasgersian […]

MLB on Fox Unveils New “A” Broacast Team and Studio Programming

It’s been reported and speculated since we received word last year that Fox would go in a different direction from analyst Tim McCarver. After McCarver called the last out of the 2013 World Series, Fox started to look for a new partner for play-by-play man Joe Buck. After a few practice games, Fox Sports felt […]

REPORT: Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci to Replace Tim McCarver on Fox

This being reported by Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead. Fox has decided to team  Harold Reynolds and Sports Illustrated baseball insider Tom Verducci with lead MLB announcer Joe Buck for the 2014 season. Reynolds and Verducci would replace Tim McCarver who left after last season. It’s an intriguing choice. Reynolds has been the main […]

2014 MLB on Fox/Fox Sports 1 Schedule

One of the reasons why Fox launched Fox Sports 1 last year was to air baseball in bulk. Fox Sports 1 will air 40 games this season including 10 exclusive Saturday doubleheaders and an additional 10 doubleheaders split with Fox. In addition, Fox Sports 1 will occasional games during the week including its first MLB […]