ESPN will provide comprehensive, cross-platform coverage of the 111th MLB World Series – New York Mets vs. Kansas City Royals – beginning with Game 1 from Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, October 27. (Full schedule below). Here is a guide to ESPN’s coverage of the Fall Classic:
For the 18th consecutive season, ESPN Radio will serve as the exclusive national radio home of the Fall Classic. Dan Shulman, the voice of Sunday Night Baseball, will describe the action with analyst Aaron Boone in their second year together for World Series coverage. The duo will be joined by reporter Chris Singleton. Marc Kestecher will serve as the ESPN Radiostudio host and ESPN MLB Insider Peter Pascarelli will contribute to the broadcasts as researcher. The World Series is also available on ESPN New York 98.7FM, ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app and on TunedIn and Slacker Radio.
Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet
ESPN’s MLB studio show, will hit the road for on-site pre-game shows airing at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET on game days throughout the World Series. Baseball Tonight will also return for post-game coverage, generally at midnight. Analysts Jessica Mendoza, Curt Schilling and John Kruk will join host Karl Ravech and reporters Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian for game-by-game coverage.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ star pitcher will return to ESPN to provide analysis for multiple platforms during the World Series. Archer will join the Baseball Tonight pre-game team for Games 1 and 2, and if necessary, Games 5 through 7. Additionally, Archer will offer game analysis on ESPN Radio for select innings of those games. Archer recently contributed to ESPN’s game and studio coverage of the 2015 American League Wild Card Game telecast.
SportsCenter on the Road
SportsCenter on the Road will originate from the first three games of the World Series, withLindsay Czarniak hosting the 6 p.m. show from Kansas City for Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Czarniak will be inside Kauffman Stadium with Jonathan Coachman reporting from McFadden’s Sports Saloon, an Irish pub in the Kansas City Power and Light District. As the Royals-Mets series shifts to New York for Game 3, Czarniak will host Friday night’s 6 p.m. show from Citi Field
ESPN.com will document the Fall Classic with daily news updates, analysis, commentary, predictions and highlights. ESPN.com also has a dedicated 2015 MLB Postseason page, with schedules, game-by-game box scores and more. On-site ESPN MLB Insiders will include Jim Bowden, Jerry Crasnick, Christina Kahrl, Ian O’Connor, Adam Rubin, David Schoenfield and Jayson Stark.
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Netflix CEO: ‘We’re Not Anti-Sports, We’re Just Pro-Profit’
“He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.”
Netflix will not join Apple and Amazon in the rush to gobble up live sports rights. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos addressed the streaming giant’s disinterest at the UBS Global Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday.
He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.
“We’re not anti-sports,” Sarandos said according to Deadline. “We’re just pro-profit. We have yet to figure out how to do it. But I’m very confident we can get twice as big as we are without sports.”
Questions about the interest the company has in carrying live sports have come up several times in the past. Sarandon made similar comments last year when asked about it.
Reed Hastings, Sarandos’s co-CEO at Netflix, has a slightly different view. In 2021, he indicated that Netflix could be interested in F1 rights someday thanks to the success of its documentary series Drive to Survive, but that would be a special case. Any league interested in doing business with Netflix, he said, would have to allow Netflix to control all of its content.
Ted Sarandos echoed that sentiment in his most recent comments. He said that the company does not see a way to profit by “renting big-league sports.”
FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling
“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”
An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.
Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.
The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.
The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”
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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage
“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”
The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.
Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.
“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.
Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.
How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.