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MLB on ESPN Radio
Genre Major League Baseball
Running time 3 hours (approximate)
Country United States USA
Home station ESPN Radio (1998-)
Starring Jon Sciambi
Dave Campbell
Joe D'Ambrosio
Air dates since March 31, 1998

Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio is the brand name for exclusive play-by-play broadcast presentation of Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio. The coverage has most recently been presented by AutoZone; previous presenting sponsors included Xerox, Excedrin, and the United States Postal Service.

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Coverage overview

In 1998, ESPN Radio took over from CBS Radio as the official, national radio broadcaster for Major League Baseball. The network's current contract runs through the 2010 season. As of 2006, Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio is heard on over 321 stations across the United States. The theme music for MLB on ESPN Radio for the 2009 season is "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus.

The games include Opening Day, Sunday Night Baseball, Saturday Game of the Week, holiday games and September pennant race games. ESPN Radio holds exclusive rights to the All-Star Game. The postseason (including the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series) is a semi-exclusive arrangement. The participating teams' flagship stations are allowed to air play-by-play using their own announcers and production. The national ESPN Radio feed may, however, be carried live on another station in those markets as well. If teams' affiliate stations wish to carry coverage of the game it must be the national feed. Since the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March 2006, the semi-finals and the championship have also been broadcast as part of Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio.

In addition to affiliate stations on AM/FM radio, ESPN Radio's game broadcasts are carried as part of XM Satellite Radio's MLB coverage. They are not included in the subscription "Gameday Audio" package on MLB.com with the exception of the All-Star Game, as no other radio play-by-play feed is available.

Due to rights restrictions, ESPN Radio.com or most other ESPN/Disney online ventures (such as DGamer) cannot stream the games.

History

On September 27, 1997, ESPN Radio outbid CBS Radio to become the exclusive national radio broadcaster of Major League Baseball. This was very surprising, considering that CBS Radio had been the national broadcaster since 1976.

The agreement lasted seven years through 2004 and gave ESPN Radio the rights to broadcast numerous games including opening Day, Sunday Night Baseball, Saturday Game of the Week, holiday games, September pennant race games, the All-Star Game and all of the playoffs, including the World Series.

Then on October 21, 2004, ESPN Radio extended its then seven year relationship with Major League Baseball with a five year, $55 million dollar contract extension through the 2010 season.

The agreement also added a weekly program devoted to baseball, which became The Baseball Show from 3 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET on Sundays during the regular season. The program is hosted by John Seibel and Steve Phillips.

Broadcasters

In 2008 and 2009, ESPN Radio's lead Sunday Night Baseball crew consisted of Gary Thorne on play-by-play and Dave Campbell with game analysis. Thorne succeeded Dan Shulman, who had called play-by-play for the network since 2002; Shulman, in turn, had been preceded by Charley Steiner from 1998–2002. Campbell replaced Kevin Kennedy as analyst in 1999. The Baseball Tonight studio host for all of the games since its debut has been Joe D'Ambrosio.

The broadcast team for the World Series and one League Championship Series is Jon Miller with play-by-play and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan with game analysis and has been since its debut on ESPN Radio, except for 1999, when Morgan called the games for NBC. Miller and Morgan are the Sunday Night Baseball television crew during the regular season. During all of the games there is also the ESPN Radio SportsCenter every twenty minutes with live cut ins during the games. Shulman and Campbell typically call the other LCS, as well as the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. Various other announcers work the network's secondary regular-season and Division Series broadcasts as needed.

Shulman, John Rooney, and Jim Durham occasionally fill in for Thorne on Sunday night broadcasts.

In the 2010 season, Jon Sciambi will succeed Thorne as the network's lead Sunday Night Baseball voice.[1]

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