Baseball-Related Press Releases

We continue to clear the Fang’s Bites inbox of press releases from yesterday and actually, I have one today that will fit this theme.

This is from Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia which says the Phillies helped to set another ratings record for the network.

PHILLIES’ RECORD RATINGS STREAK CONTINUES ON COMCAST SPORTSNET

Seven Consecutive Years of Audience Increases; 2009 Ratings Jump 25% over 2008 Season

Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies Coverage Continues With Postseason Analysis

PHILADELPHIA – (October 5, 2009) – Comcast SportsNet, the region’s leading source for local sports coverage, delivered a 25% increase in Phillies ratings over the 2008 World Championship season, the network’s seventh consecutive season of Phillies ratings growth.

During the 2009 season, the Phillies scored a 7.14 average rating (212,000 HH) for live game action, a 25% increase over last season’s 5.7 rating. Fans tuned into Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies Postgame Live in record numbers; the program averaged a 3.1 rating (92,000 HH), a 15% increase over the 2008 season. Comcast SportsNet’s Phillies ratings have climbed 113% since 2002, when the Phillies delivered a 3.35 household rating.

Throughout the Phillies 2009 postseason run, Comcast SportsNet will provide extended Phillies coverage, including Phillies Pregame Live and Phillies Postgame Live for every Phillies post season game featuring highlights, exclusive interviews with players and managers, plus insider analysis with former Phillies pitcher Ricky Bottalico and other special guests. In addition to special playoff editions of Daily News Live and SportsNite, Comcast SportsNet will air Race2Repeat, a 30-minute program airing at 10:30 p.m. on any Phillies off day.

Throughout the Phillies post season, CSNPhilly.com will cover the team both at home and on the road with exclusive reports from John Finger. Each week, Finger will have game previews, post-game recaps, weekly chats and his blog Finger Food.

Comcast SportsNet’s game-day coverage of the Phillies-Rockies series begins on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Phillies Pregame Live. The schedule for the first three games of the Phillies-Rockies series is below.

Wednesday, October 7

2 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live

5 p.m. Daily News Live

5:30 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live

6:30 p.m. SportsNite

10 p.m. SportsNite

11:30 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live replay

1 a.m. SportsRise

Thursday, October 8

2 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live

5 p.m. Daily News Live

5:30 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live (Simulcast on Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network)

6:30 p.m. Flyers Pregame Live

7 p.m. Flyers vs. Pittsburgh

9:30 p.m. Flyers Postgame Live

10 p.m. SportsNite

11:30 p.m. Phillies Postgame Live Replay

Saturday, October 10

6 p.m. SportsNite

6:30 p.m. Flyers Pregame Live

7 p.m. Flyers vs. Anaheim

9 p.m. Phillies Pregame Live (airing exclusively on The Comcast Network)

9:30 p.m. Flyers Postgame Live

10 p.m. SportsNite

12: 30 a.m. Phillies Postgame Live

1:30 a.m. SportsRise

Coming today, MLB Network has an interesting program on one of the more infamous incidents in baseball history.

MLB Network to air MLB Network Remembers: Incident at Candlestick with Bob Costas on Tuesday, October 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET

MLB Network on Tuesday, October 6, at 9:30 p.m. ET will air MLB Network Remembers: Incident at Candlestick, narrated by Bob Costas, about the fight between San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro on August 22, 1965 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

The show includes rarely seen archival footage of this fight and the subsequent fallout. Early in the game, Marichal had thrown several pitches close to the head of former Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills. As the game moved to the third inning and with Marichal at the plate, Roseboro’s throw back to the mound grazed Marichal’s ear. An argument ensued and Marichal hit Roseboro’s head with his bat. Marichal was ejected, suspended and fined. The show features new interviews with Marichal, who rarely has spoken of this event, former Giants center fielder and Hall of Famer Willie Mays, Roseboro’s widow, Barbara Fouch Roseboro, former Giants second baseman Tito Fuentes, Wills and former Dodgers outfielder Lou Johnson.

And MLB.com will offer multiple camera angles for TBS Hot Corner and Fox Sports.com during the MLB postseason.

Collaboration expands TBS HotCorner and FOX Feeds action and introduces mobile video

NEW YORK, October 6, 2009Postseason.TV, a live interactive online viewing experience delivered by MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, in partnership with MLB Postseason national television rightsholders, Turner Sports and FOX Sports, will debut on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, when the Division Series begins on TBS. Postseason.TV will be accessible from MLB.com, FoxSports.com on MSN and MLB.com/TBSHotCorner.

The subscription product provides fans the ability to customize their online viewing experience by offering up to 10 different stationary camera angles from every MLB Postseason game, blackout free. Postseason.TV delivers a complementary way for viewers to engage with the Division Series and National League Championship Series broadcasts on TBS and the American League Championship Series and World Series on FOX, while, for the first time, offering a complete package of live Postseason action for a one-time fee of $9.95.

Subscribers to PostSeason.TV can choose to watch one of the available camera angles or up to any four different angles s
imultaneously in the multi-view option. In addition, TBS HotCorner and FOX Feeds will provide access to in-game video highlights, real-time statistics and play-by-play and social media integration through a live Twitter feed.

Fans also will have the opportunity to make Postseason.TV portable as MLB.com At Bat 2009, the award-winning application built exclusively for iPhone™ and iPod® touch, will provide mobile access to the same live camera angles as well as the quad mode option.

Good stuff.

Ken Fang

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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