MLB All-Star Game

MLB Network at the All-Star Game

The MLB Network plans 14 hours of coverage of next week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Kansas City.

The following hosts and analysts will be on site to bring viewers on the field and behind the scenes of the All-Star Game festivities: Greg Amsinger, Sean Casey, Peter Gammons, Brian Kenny, Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Alanna Rizzo and Chris Rose.

Coverage begins Monday, July 9th at 1:30p.m. ET with the All-Star player and manager media day. MLB Network will also have coverage during batting practice each day as well as pre- and post game coverage on Tuesday.  The network’s coverage ends on Wednesday with the telecast of the Triple A All-Star Game

Here is the MLB Network schedule for the All-Star Game:

MLB Network’s 2012 All-Star Week Programming:

All times ET and subject to change. Check MLBNetwork.com for updates.

Monday, July 9:

1:30 p.m.:        All-Star Media Day
4:30 p.m.:        Intentional Talk: All-Star Edition at Batting Practice
6:00 p.m.:        MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition at Batting Practice
Post-Derby:      MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition

Tuesday, July 10:

4:00 p.m.:        MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet
5:00 p.m.:        MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition at Batting Practice
7:30 p.m.:        MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet (abbreviated)
Postgame:        MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition

Wednesday, July 11:

7:00 p.m.:        25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game

 

SiriusXM Radio Coverage of MLB All-Star Week

SiriusXM Radio will be providing comprehensive coverage of Major League’s Baseball All-Star week in Kansas City.

SiriusXM will carry the national broadcast of both the 83rd All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 10 (8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT), and the State Farm Home Run Derby on Monday, July 9 (8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT), live on XM channel 176.  On Sunday, July 8, SiriusXM will offer the exclusive radio broadcast of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game beginning at 4:30pm ET/3:30pm CT  on XM channel 89, SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and SiriusXM.com.

SiriusXM will also provide content via the MLB Network Radio Channel.  Here is the entire schedule:

Saturday, July 7
10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT – Inside Pitch Saturday with Casey Stern & Jim Bowden (FanFest)
1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT – Power Alley with Mike Ferrin & Jim Duquette (FanFest)
4:00 pm ET/3:00 pm CT – Home Plate with Grant Paulsen & Jeff Nelson (FanFest)

Sunday, July 8
10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT – Live broadcast from Negro Leagues Baseball Museum with Casey Stern, Jim Bowden & Cliff Floyd
2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm ET – Minors & Majors with Grant Paulsen (Kauffman Stadium)
4:30 pm ET/3:30 pm CT – SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game (Kauffman Stadium)

Monday, July 9
10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT – Home Plate with Grant Paulsen & Jeff Nelson (FanFest)
12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT – Ripken Baseball with Cal Ripken Jr. & Bill Ripken (FanFest)
2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT – Power Alley with Mike Ferrin & Jim Duquette (FanFest)
5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT – Live from Workout Day at Kauffman Stadium with Casey Stern, Jim Bowden & Cliff Floyd

Tuesday, July 10
10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT – Home Plate with Grant Paulsen & MLB Analysts (FanFest)
1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT – Power Alley with Mike Ferrin & Cliff Floyd (FanFest)
5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT – Live from All-Star batting practice at Kauffman Stadium with Casey Stern, Jim Duquette & Jim Bowden

Record Ratings Lows for MLB All-Star Game on Fox

Tuesday Night’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Fox registered a rating of 6.9, with an average audience of 11 million viewers.  Both numbers are all-time lows for the mid summer classic.

The rating of 6.9 is 8% less than last year’s 7.5 rating.  The 11 million person viewership is 9% below 2010’s audience of 12.1 million viewers.

St. Louis had the highest rating in the metered local market, registering a 17.8 rating.

MLB Network All-Star Coverage

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played next week at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.  Fox Sports will have the broadcast of the game Tuesday, July 12th beginning at 8:00p.m.ET.  Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Ken Rosenthal will have the call with Chris Rose, Eric Karros, and Mark Grace serving as pre-game hosts.

The MLB Network (MLBNET) will have a strong presence in Arizona.   Coverage begins Monday, July 11th as Chris Rose and Kevin Millar provide a special edition of Intentional Talk from Chase Field.  Sean Casey, Harold Reynolds, Dan Plesac, and Al Leiter will host MLB Tonight on Monday beginning at 6:00p.m. ET.

Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, and Matt Vasgersian will host MLB Tonight from Chase Field on Tuesday, July 12th beginning at 5:00p.m.ET and will follow-up with a version of the show after the All-Star Game.

The MLB Network will also televise the 2011 MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet beginning at 4:00p.m. ET with Amsinger, Hazel Mae, and Reynolds as hosts.

MLBNET will conclude its All-Star coverage by televising the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday, July 13th at 9:00p.m. ET from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Here is the entire MLBNET Schedule:

Monday, July 11:
12:30 p.m.: All-Star Game Press Conference
2:30 p.m.: State Farm Home Run Derby Press Conference
4:30 p.m.: Intentional Talk: All-Star Edition at Batting Practice
6:00 p.m.: MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition at Batting Practice
Post-Derby: MLB Tonight: Best of All-Star Edition
Tuesday, July 12:
4:00 p.m.: MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet
5:00 p.m.: MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition at Batting Practice
Postgame: MLB Tonight: All-Star Edition
Wednesday, July 13:
7:00 p.m.: Plays of the First Half
8:00 p.m.: Intentional Talk
8:30 p.m.: MLB Tonight: Obstructed View
9:00 p.m.: Triple-A All-Star Game

Sports Media Weekly Podcst #40- Barry Horn, Dallas Morning News

Sports Media Weekly After a week off we are back for another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I are pleased to be joined, for the entire episode, by Barry Horn, Sports Media Columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

The big story on the table, of course, was “The Decision”.  The three of us take a look at how the event was handled by all parties and the dangerous precedent it may set for the future.  Can you say Brett Favre?

We also talk about ESPN’s ratings success for the World Cup and the declining numbers for Fox and ESPN for the MLB All-Star festivities.

We also spend some time with Barry talking about the sports media landscape in Dallas.  Specifically, how the impact ESPN Dallas has on the media scene and how the FSN Southwest covered the incident last week where a fan fell from a top deck of the Ballpark at Arlington.

We also ask Barry about the similarities between Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones and the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Tracking the Home Run Derby

homerun2Ray Frager made mention of this yesterday and ESPN expanded upon it today.  The WWL plans to add another technological element to its coverage of Monday’s Home Run Derby in St. Louis.

The “Ball Track” technology is designed to greatly enhance the viewer and on-air talents’ ability to judge the details of a home run.  The system relies on a graphical representation to show the track of the ball in flight, the distance the ball travels to its ultimate landing spot, and project whether the ball will, in fact, reach the seats.  All this information will be available in real time.

You can see an example of the technology here (minus the distance information).

“We have wanted for many years to know the distance the ball traveled at the moment that it does impact wherever it might.” said Jed Drake, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, Event Production for ESPN,  “We had a problem with that because we weren’t able to immediately tell people the distances the ball had traveled.  With this system we will not only be able to tell everybody the distance it travels but we’ll be able to show the arc as well.  It’s a system that was made for this event.”

Drake says the graphical display of the ball’s flight path utilizes the same technology employed by ESPN and other networks in their coverage of the ball flight in golf.

The driving engine in this cutting edge technology is the use of Doppler Radar, which is more commonly associated with weather forecasting.  Apparently it can do much more.

“Our accuracy will be within a foot.” said ESPN Vice President of Emerging Technology Anthony Bailey, “We can predict a home run prior to it happening.”

The new home run tracking system looks like the only new wrinkle ESPN plans to bring to this year’s Derby.  Drake said that in covering the Derby live for 12 straight years there is little that can be done in providing unique views of the action.  He said this year he expects a more conservative cut among the 20 cameras at ESPN’s disposal.

“At this stage we’ve truly maxed out on unique (camera) positions.” said Drake, “In the past we have looked to vary the coverage in an effort to keep it fresh.  But I think sometimes we’ve gone a little to far afield in that.  So I think we’re gonna pull back the reigns a little bit.”

Chris Berman will again anchor the coverage of the Derby from St. Louis.  He’ll be joined by Joe Morgan, Steve Phillips, and Erin Andrews.