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ESPN Radio Announces 2017 MLB Broadcast Schedule

Jason Barrett

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The 2017 baseball season arrives next week, and ESPN Radio is celebrating its 20th season by delivering 71 games nd featuring a heavy presence from several top teams including the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Leading the network’s radio coverage once again will be play by play voice Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton.

To get things started, the network will travel to St. Louis on Sunday April 2nd at 7pm ET for the Cardinals home opener. The Redbirds begin their season by facing their arch rival and the defending world champions, the Chicago Cubs. ESPN Radio will also call the Cubs’ home opener at Wrigley Field on Monday, April 10th at 7pm ET against the Dodgers. The two teams met last year in the National League Championship Series.

ESPN Radio will also serve as the exclusive radio home for the Home Run Derby and the 88th MLB All Star Game from Marlins Park in Miami, on Monday, July 10th and Tuesday, July 11th. The network will also broadcast every MLB postseason game including any potential tie-breaker games, Wild Card games, and the National and American League Division Series, National League Championship Series, the American League Championship Series and the World Series.

Below is a look at the confirmed schedule (additional games will be announced at a later date):

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators
Sun, Apr 2 7 p.m. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Amin & Chris Singleton
Mon, Apr 3 6:30 p.m. Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers
Adam Amin & Chris Singleton
Sat, Apr 8 3:30 p.m. New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
TBD & Chris Singleton
Sun, Apr 9 7 p.m. Miami Marlins at New York Mets
Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Mon, Apr 10 7 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Sat, Apr 15 12:30 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Yankees
Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Sun, Apr 16 7 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Yankees
Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Sat, Apr 22 3:30 p.m. Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Sun, Apr 23 7 p.m. Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Sat, Apr 29 3:30 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Boston Red SoxJon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Sun, Apr 30 7 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Boston Red Sox
Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Sun, May 7 7 p.m. New York Yankees at Chicago Cubs
Sat, May 13 12:30 p.m. Houston Astros at New York Yankees
Sun, May 14 6:30 p.m. Houston Astros at New York Yankees
Sat, May 20 6:30 p.m. Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers
Sun, May 21 7 p.m. Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers
Sat, May 27 6:30 p.m. New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates
Sun, May 28 7 p.m. New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates
Mon, May 29 3:30 p.m. Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants
Roxy Bernstein & TBD
  6:30 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
Sun, Jun 4 6:30 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Sun, Jul 9 7 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Adam Amin & TBD
Mon, Jul 10 8 p.m. T-Mobile Home Run Derby
Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Tue, Jul 11 7 p.m. MLB All-Star Game
Jon Sciambi & Chris Singleton
Sun, Jul 16 7 p.m. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Sun, Jul 23 7 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Sun, Aug 20 6 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

* Windows include the pregame show

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16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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Streaming Radio

According to Nielsen, sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in their latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

Radio Listeners to MLB

Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

Jeff Dean Facebook

Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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