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Friday, February 28, 2014

Fox, FS1 bring out-of-market streaming, new timeslots to MLB in 2014

A table of scheduled games and chart of teams by appearance is included in the article.

While Fox will still provide 12 regional split broadcasts in 2014, Fox Sports 1 will air a majority of the baseball. FS1 will air at least a game (and, in 10 weeks, a doubleheader) every Saturday of the season, plus a couple of midweek features. Fox will join for eight weeks of primetime coverage from May until July and then jump back in for the September pennant chase.

FS1 will also necessitate the return of Fox’s baseball studio coverage to Los Angeles, after a three-year stint in Secaucus, NJ with the MLB Network gang. It appears that Fox Sports Live anchor Ryan Field will host the new pregame show (which will air 30 minutes prior to FS1 going on the air), though Fox would not comment on the matter. One would think Fox Sports Live breakout star Gabe Kapler and recent hire Frank Thomas might play a role.

Greg Franklin Posted: February 28, 2014 at 04:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, fs1, media, mlb network, online, television

Friday, November 01, 2013

Harold Reynolds is the front runner to replace Tim McCarver on Fox

And now, Fox is planning on making him the lead analyst for their MLB telecasts. There’s a world of difference between Reynolds and Tim McCarver, a long time baseball voice that had been doing commentary for nearly 30 years and was getting overtaken by Father Time. Reynolds’ “analysis skills” are mainly comprised of mindless cliches reminiscent of Chris Berman trying to break down a football game.

Fox has a chance to move the dial in a different direction with their new national color commentator. They have a chance to give a much needed reboot to their baseball coverage and give fans a smarter, more contemporary analyst like John Smoltz or Tom Verducci or Pedro Martinez.

Giving the job to Reynolds would keep the status quo intact, and it would even possibly drive more people away from the product.

 

Gamingboy Posted: November 01, 2013 at 05:42 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: fox, harold reynolds

Monday, October 28, 2013

World Series tops Sunday Night Football in total viewers, lags in 18-49 Demographic

Game 4 of the World Series drew an average of 15.4 million viewers, while the Sunday Night Football game on NBC drew an average of 14.9 million. The NFL still lead in the key 18-49 year old demographic, with a 5.6/13 rating/share to MLB’s 4.4/11. The previous weeks Sunday Night Football game had a 9.5 rating in that demographic. The World Series was up 10% among the demo from last year’s game 4.

These are the preliminary ratings, so the end numbers might shift, but I think based on this it’s pretty likely that game 5 tonight will handily top Monday Night Football’s Seattle/St. Louis match.

The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: October 28, 2013 at 01:31 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, fox, nbc, nfl, ratings, red sox

 

 

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