Historical Major League Baseball over-the-air television broadcasters: Wikis

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American League

Team Stations Years
Baltimore Orioles WMAR 2/WJZ 13
WMAR 2/WBAL 11/WJZ 13
WJZ 13
WBAL 11
WJZ 13
WMAR 2
WNUV 54
1954
1955-1957
1958-1961; 1964-1978
1962-1963
1994-present
1979-1993
2001-2006
Boston Red Sox WBZ 4/WNAC 7 (later WHDH)
WHDH 5 (later WCVB)
WBZ 4
WSBK 38
WABU 68 (later WBPX)
WLVI 56
WFXT 25
1948-1956
1957-1971
1972-1974
1975-1995; 2003-2005
1996-1998
1999
2000-2002
Chicago White Sox WGN 9
WFLD 32
WSNS 44
19481967; 1981; 1990-present
19681972; 1982-1989
19731980
Cleveland Indians WEWS 5
WXEL 8 (later WJW)
WEWS 5
WJW 8 (later WJKW circa 1977-1979)
WUAB 43
WKYC 3
1948-1949
1950-1955
1956-1960
1961-1979
1980-2001
2006-present
Detroit Tigers WWDT/WWJ 4 (later WDIV)
WJBK 2
WDIV 4 (originally WWDT 4 and WWJ 4)
WKBD 50
WDWB 20 (later WMYD)
1948-1952
1953-1971; 2007
1972-1994
1995-2004
2006
Kansas City Royals KMBC 9
KBMA 41 (later KSHB)
WDAF 4
KSMO 62
KMBC 9/KCWE 29
KCMI 38 (Opening Day and Sunday away games)
1969-1971
1972-1979
1980-1991
1992-1997
1998-2002
2003-2007
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim KCAL 9 (formerly KHJ)
KTLA 5
KPXN 30/KDOC 56
KCOP 13
1963-1965; 1996-2005
1964-1995
2004
2006-present
Minnesota Twins WTCN 11 (later KARE)
WCCO 4
KMSP 9
WFTC 29
KLGT 23 (later WUCW)
KSTC 45
1961-1972; 1975-1978
1973-1974; 1989-1997
1979-1988; 1998-2002
1990-1993; 2005-present
1994-1997
2003-2004
New York Yankees WPIX 11
WNYW 5
WCBS 2
WWOR 9
1951-1998
1999-2001
2002-2004
2005-present
Oakland Athletics KHBK 44 (later KBCW)
KTVU 2
KPIX 5
KRON 4
KICU 36
1968-1972; 1992-1996
1973-1974
1975-1981; 1985-1992
19931998
19992008
Seattle Mariners KING 5
KSTW 11
KIRO 7
KAYU 28
KXLY 4
1977-1980
1981-1985; 1989-1993; 1999; 2003-2007
1986-1988; 1992; 1994-2002
1990
1991
Tampa Bay Rays WWWB 32 (later WMOR)/WTSP 10 (Sundays)
WXPX 66
1998-2002
2003-2008
Texas Rangers KXAS 5
KTVT 11
KXTX 39/KXAS 5
KDFI 27/KDFW 4
19731983
1984-1994
1995–c. 2000
c. 2001-present
Toronto Blue Jays CFTO 9
CTV
BBS
CBLT 5/CBC
CITY 57 (Preseason only)
19771996
1977-1991
1992-1996
1992-2002; 2007-2008
2008

National League

Team Stations Years
Arizona Diamondbacks KTVK 3
KASW 61
KPHE 44
1998-2007
2003 (east coast road games)
2007
Atlanta Braves WSB 2
WTCG 17 (later WTBS)
WPCH 17
1966-1970
1972-2007
2008-present
Chicago Cubs WGN 9
WCIU 26
1948-present
2000–present
Cincinnati Reds WLWT 5
WSTR 64
WKRC 12
1948-1995
1996-1998
1999
Colorado Rockies KWGN 2
KTVD 20
1993-2002
2003-2008
Florida Marlins WBFS 33
WAMI 69
WPXM 35
1993-1998
1999-2001
2002-2005
Houston Astros KTRK 13
KPRC 2
KHTV 39 (later KIAH)
KRIV 26
KTXH 20
KNWS 51
1962-1972
19731976
19771978 (with KPRC 2 on Sundays)
19791982
19831997; 2008-present
19982007
Los Angeles Dodgers KTTV 11
KTLA 5
KCOP 13
KCAL 9
1958-1992
1993-2001
2002-2005
2006-present
Milwaukee Brewers WTMJ 4
WVTV 18
WCGV 24
WMLW 41
1972-1980
1981-1988; 1993-1997
1989-1992; 1998-2003
2007-present
New York Mets WOR 9 (later WWOR)
WPIX 11
19621998
1999–present
Philadelphia Phillies WFIL 6 (later WPVI)
WPHL 17
WTXF 29
WPSG 57
1959-1970
1971-1982; 1993-1998; 2009-present
1983-1989
1999-2008
Pittsburgh Pirates KDKA 2
WPGH 53/WCWB 20 (later WPMY)
1958-1995
1996-2001
San Diego Padres KOGO 10 (later KGTV)
KCST 39 (later KNSD)
XETV 6
KFMB 8
KFMB 8
KTTY 69 (later KSWB)
KUSI 51
1969-1970
1971-1972; 1983-1986
1977-1979
1980-1983
1987-1994; 1995-1996
1995
1997-2004
San Francisco Giants KTVU 2
KICU 36
KNTV 11
19582007
1993 (co-coverage with KTVU 2)
2008–present
St. Louis Cardinals KSDK 5 (formerly KSD)
KPLR 11
1948-1987; 2007-present
1959-1962; 1988-2006
Washington Nationals WDCA 20
WDCW 50
2005-2008
2009-present

Former teams

Team Stations Years
Boston Braves WBZ 4/WNAC 7 (later WHDH) 1948-1952
Brooklyn Dodgers WCBS 2
WATV 13 (later WNET)
WOR 9 (later WWOR)
WPIX 11/WABC 7/WABD 5 (later WNYW)
19461949
1949
1950–August 16, 1953; 1954-1957
August 17, 1953-October 1, 1953
Kansas City Athletics WDAF 4
KCMO 5 (later KCTV)
1958-1961
1962-1967
Milwuakee Braves WTMJ 4 1962-1964
Montreal Expos CBMT 6
CFCF 12
SRC
TQS
1969-mid 1980s
mid 1980s-1991
1969-1999
1996-1998
New York Giants WNBT 4 (later WNBC)
WPIX 11
WOR 9 (later WWOR)
19471948
19491957
Philadelphia Athletics WPTZ 3 (later KYW)
WCAU 10
WFIL 6 (later WPVI)
1947-1954
1948-1954
1949-1954
St. Louis Browns KSD 5 (later KSDK)
KTVI 2
1948-1952
1953
Washington Senators (original franchise) WTTG 5
WTOP 9 (later WUSA)
1948-1958
1959-1960
Washington Senators (expansion franchise) WTOP 9 (later WUSA) 1961-1971

See also

National

Network Years Additional notes
NBC 1947-1989
1994-2000
World Series and All-Star Game (beginning in 1950) only from 1947-1955 and 1965
Saturday afternoon Game of the Week from 1956-1964 and exclusively from 1966-1989
Monday Night Baseball games from 1967-1969 and 1972-1975
Part of a revenue sharing joint venture with Major League Baseball and ABC called "The Baseball Network" from 1994-1995
All-Star Game (in even numbered years) and postseason games only from 1996-2000
ABC 1953-1954
1960
1965
1976-1989
1994-1995
Saturday afternoon Game of the Week from 1953-1954 and in 1960 and 1965 (exclusve coverage)
Monday Night Baseball games from 1976-1988
Thursday Night Baseball in 1989
Part of a revenue sharing joint venture with Major League Baseball and NBC called "The Baseball Network" from 1994-1995
CBS 19551965
19901993
Saturday afternoon Game of the Week from 1955-1964
New York Yankees games only in 1965
Sporadic, 18 game coverage of Saturday afternoon Game of the Week plus, exclusive network television broadcaster from 1990-1993
Fox 1996-present Saturday afternoon Game of the Week beginning on Memorial Day weekend from 1996-2006
Saturday afternoon Game of the Week for the full season since 2007
Exclusive network television broadcaster since 2001

Superstations

Postseason coverage

When the League Championship Series was first institued in 1969, the Major League Baseball television contract at the time allowed a local TV station in the market of each competing team to also carry the LCS games. So, for example, Mets fans in New York could choose to watch either the NBC telecast or Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner on WOR-TV.

1983 marked the last time that local telecasts of League Championship Series games were allowed. In 1982, Major League Baseball recognized a problem with this due to the emergence of cable superstations such as WTBS in Atlanta and WGN-TV in Chicago. When TBS tried to petition for the right to do a "local" Braves broadcast of the 1982 NLCS, Major League Baseball got a Philadelphia federal court to ban them on the grounds that as a cable superstation, TBS could not have a nationwide telecast competing with ABC's.

Since 2007, MLB playoff games on TBS are not made available[1] to local over-the-air broadcasters in the participating teams' markets[2]. Under the previous contract, ESPN was required to make those games available on the air in local markets.

See also

References

  1. ^ Hiestand, Michael (2007-10-09). "Fox's Buck makes pitch for late show". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/2007-10-09-hiestand-column_N.htm.  
  2. ^ Postseason exclusivity boosted the price for TBS. If MLB continued to allow local outlets to air their team's games, the rights would have been "significantly diluted," according to Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs a broadcast consulting company. "The TBS sales people now can assure advertisers that this is the only place where people can see the games," Pilson said. "It's a judgment baseball had to make. It had to balance the revenue stream, which is formidable, against the loss of a certain number of homes."

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