Many baseball fans canceled their MLB.TV subscriptions before Feb. 28, either in fear of being charged for a 2022 season that might not be played or in protest of team owners locking out the players in a labor dispute.
But now that there will indeed be a 2022 Major League Baseball season, those same fans may be in the process of renewing their subscriptions before Opening Day on April 7. (Or earlier, for anyone who wants to watch some Spring Training games.)
The bad news? An MLB.TV subscription will cost more in 2022, as reported by The Streamable. The full service including all out-of-market games will increase by $10 to $139.99. A team-specific, out-of-market package will cost $119.99.
MLB and and team owners asking for more money after a 99-day lockout that seeded doubt and resentment among fans, and delayed the season by two weeks takes some nerve, right? But fans who sign up now can take advantage of a limited-time $10 discount, which means MLB.TV would cost the same price as last year.
(It should also be pointed out that local blackouts still apply and fewer games will be available on MLB.TV due to the league’s new exclusive streaming deals with Apple TV and Peacock.)
However, with that price increase comes some new features in this year’s subscription. Fans watching their team’s games out-of-market have often been disappointed and frustrated by not being able to watch pre- and post-game coverage that home viewers enjoy. (Once in a while, you might get lucky if someone at MLB headquarters was slow to push a button.)
But as the 2022 season begins, 13 of MLB’s 30 clubs will have pre- and post-game coverage available on MLB.TV. The service hopes to add more throughout the season, presumably aiming to get studio coverage for all 30 teams eventually.
For now, these clubs will offer pre-and post-game coverage:
Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Other new MLB.TV features will include the nightly whip-around show MLB Big Inning being available seven days a week, rather than just weeknights only. Updated streaming apps will also have new playback controls, personalized scoreboards, and in-game details. An expanded content catalog will include more MLB.TV original programming such as Vendors, MLB Carded, and Baseball Zen, along with on-demand highlights and features.
Is all that, plus the return of baseball, worth a $10 increase for you?
Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.
The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.
Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.
“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”
Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.
Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.
Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.
According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.
Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.
The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.
Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast
“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’
First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.
No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.
Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.
McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.
“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.”
In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.
There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.