The MLB Network Adds A Set Of Saturday Games

Thursday, April 09, 2009

For its first eight Thursday games, the MLB Network managed to fit sixteen different teams into the schedule. Well with the addition of a set of Saturday games, not only will the network now have 52 total games to air in its first season, but it will be showing 24 of the league's 30 teams in the first seven weeks of the season....

MLB Network today announced the addition of a package of weekly live national game broadcasts on Saturday evenings, as well as the schedule of games for April and May. Combined with its Thursday Night Baseball package that begins tonight, MLB Network will now carry 52 live regular season games in its first year. The first Saturday night game will air this week, on April 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the addition of the Saturday night games, MLB Network will now feature 24 of the 30 MLB clubs within the first seven weeks of the season.

Games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

“Adding these Saturday night games will allow us to further our commitment to showcase all 30 Major League clubs at the national level,” said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. “Having two national games each week will also help us augment our already robust MLB Tonight studio programming.”
Seems like a great plan if you ask me. Not only will this help fans see teams they normally wouldn't, but this could become a fantasy player's hub for information throughout the night. Here's the Saturday schedule for you to check out....

Saturday, April 11th- Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks (8pm)
Saturday, April 18th- San Diego Padres @ Philadelphia Phillies (7pm)
Saturday, April 25- Philadelphia Phillies @ Florida Marlins (7pm)
Saturday, May 2nd- Oakland Athletics @ Seattle Mariners (9pm)
Saturday, May 9th- St. Louis Cardinals @ Cincinnati Reds (7pm)
Saturday, May 16th- Colorado Rockies @ Pittsburgh Pirates (7pm)
Saturday, May 23rd- New York Mets @ Boston Red Sox (7pm)


From the beginning, everything that this new network has done has been first class. Take notes, NFL.

GMoney said...
Apr 9, 2009, 11:42:00 AM  

10:43 AM Central: ESPN just went to break after reporting the death of an Angels player in a car accident. The first commercial was an ESPN promo for NASCAR with Jeff Burton describing regaining his breath whenever he's in a NASCAR wreck. Classy, WWL.

The Ref's Watch said...
Apr 9, 2009, 11:48:00 AM  

Ever ssince the Network lunched, I've liked the way they have handeld thigns. MLB Tongiht is my baseball source for MLB news and analysisi. If I'm a baseball fan, why wait until Baweball Tonight comes on the air at 10 PM or later for my baseball fix, when I can tune into MLB Network and get baseball all the time?

Unknown said...
Apr 9, 2009, 11:57:00 AM  

::slow clap::

Thank you MLB Network for not firing up a big market bias within your first year of experience. I know eventually when you become more popular, that you will end up only showing Mets, Yanks, Sox, Cubs, etc games but for now I must applaud you.

Ted Hill said...
Apr 9, 2009, 1:33:00 PM  

How is this fair? Games will be blocked out for my home team, but I would have to pay extra to get this channel.

Unknown said...
Apr 10, 2009, 10:33:00 AM  

You don't have to pay extra for Mlb net, If you have Comcast, Direct TV, and I think even Verizon Fios. And the reason why the game is balckedout in the home market is becasue the reginal cable network is showing the game.

Unknown said...
Apr 10, 2009, 1:14:00 PM  

No, I have Comcast, and the MLB network does NOT come on my basic digital package. I would have to pay extra to get it.

Unknown said...
Apr 10, 2009, 11:42:00 PM  

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