TBS’s new Tuesday night Major League Baseball coverage begins on April 12 with an exciting National League West match-up between the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. As might be expected with two West Coast teams playing, the broadcast is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET.
The new Tuesday night package is part of the new rights deal Turner agreed to with MLB for the next seven seasons, through 2028. Rather than the Sunday afternoon game TBS had been broadcasting, Turner takes over the Tuesday night telecast that had aired on ESPN, FS1, and MLB Network in recent years.
The Tuesday TBS broadcast will also include 30-minute pregame and postgame studio shows hosted by Ernie Johnson with analysts Pedro Martinez, Jimmy Rollins, and Curtis Granderson. The same studio team debuted during last year’s MLB postseason.
Turner released its Tuesday night schedule for the 2022 MLB season’s first half, which is as follows (all times Eastern):
- April 12 – San Diego Padres* at San Francisco Giants, 9:30 p.m.
- April 19 – Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10 p.m.
- April 26 – New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals, 7:30 p.m.
- May 3 – San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10 p.m.
- May 10 – Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves, 7 p.m.
- May 17 – Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox, 7 p.m.
- May 24 – Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres, 9:30 p.m.
- May 31 – Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees, 7 p.m.
- June 7 – Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago White Sox*, 8 p.m.
- June 14 – Tampa Bay Rays* at New York Yankees, 7 p.m.
- June 21 – San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves*, 7 p.m.
- June 28 – Hosuton Astros at New York Mets*, 7 p.m.
* Telecasts will also be available in the local participating market.
Speaking of the MLB postseason, Turner’s new broadcast deal also includes exclusive rights to one League Championship Series each season (alternating between American League and National League), and two of the four Division Series (featuring the same league in the LCS that TBS has that year).
Turner’s new MLB package also includes digital TV Everywhere rights that allows broadcasts to be viewed online and through streaming services like Roku. Footage and highlights will also be available on the Turner Sports’ website and apps such as Bleacher Report. Additionally, Turner can produce companion content with its telecasts.
Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX
“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”
FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.
A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.
The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.
Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.
That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.
Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.
FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”
The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.
Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.
Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”
Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.
“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.
FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.
NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC
“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”
ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.
ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.
This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.
Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.
“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”
ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.