List of National League Championship Series broadcasters

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The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast National League Championship Series games over the years. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

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National League Championship Series Major League Baseball series to determine which team will represent the National League in the World Series

The National League Championship Series (NLCS) is a best-of-seven playoff and one of two League Championship Series comprising the penultimate round of Major League Baseball's (MLB) postseason. It is contested by the winners of the two National League (NL) Division Series. The winner of the NLCS wins the NL pennant and advances to the World Series, MLB's championship series, to play the winner of the American League's (AL) Championship Series. The NLCS began in 1969 as a best-of-five playoff and used this format until 1985, when it changed to its current best-of-seven format.

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National television

2010s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters Pregame hostsPregame analystsTrophy presentation
2019 TBS Brian Anderson Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur Lauren Shehadi Casey Stern Gary Sheffield, Pedro Martínez, Jimmy Rollins and Curtis Granderson Brian Anderson
2018 FS1 (Games 1, 3–7)
FOX (Game 2)
Joe Buck John Smoltz Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci Kevin Burkhardt Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz and Frank Thomas Tom Verducci
2017 TBS Brian Anderson Ron Darling Sam Ryan Casey Stern Gary Sheffield, Pedro Martínez, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard (Game 4–5) Brian Anderson
2016 FS1 Joe Buck John Smoltz Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci Kevin Burkhardt Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, Frank Thomas and Tom Verducci (Game 1–2, 6) Kevin Burkhardt
2015 TBS Ernie Johnson Jr. Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Jr. Matt Winer and Sam Ryan Casey Stern Gary Sheffield, Pedro Martínez and Dusty Baker Ernie Johnson Jr.
2014 FOX (Game 1)
FS1 (Games 2–5)
Joe Buck Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews Kevin Burkhardt C.J. Nitkowski, Eric Karros, Gabe Kapler and Frank Thomas Erin Andrews
2013 TBS Ernie Johnson Jr. Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Jr. Craig Sager Keith Olbermann Tom Verducci, Pedro Martínez and Gary Sheffield Ernie Johnson Jr.
2012 FOX Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal, Erin Andrews (Game 1–4, 6–7) and Chris Myers (Game 5) Matt Vasgersian Harold Reynolds, Eric Karros and A. J. Pierzynski Erin Andrews
2011 TBS Brian Anderson Ron Darling and John Smoltz Craig Sager Matt Winer David Wells, Cal Ripken Jr. and Dennis Eckersley Matt Winer
2010 FOX Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal Chris Rose Eric Karros and Mitch Williams Chris Rose

Notes

2010 National League Championship Series

The 2010 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a best-of-seven game Major League Baseball playoff series that pitted the winners of the 2010 National League Division Series—the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants—against each other for the National League Championship. The Giants won the series, 4–2, and went on to win the 2010 World Series. The series, the 41st in league history, began on October 16 and ended on October 23. The Phillies had home field advantage as a result of their better regular-season record. The Phillies hosted Games 1, 2 and 6, while the Giants were at home for Games 3, 4 and 5.

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  • Beginning in 2014, when FOX Sports began a new television contract with Major League Baseball, FS1 airs 40 regular season MLB games (mostly on Saturdays), along with up to 15 post-season games (eight Divisional Series games and one best-of-7 League Championship Series). The deal resulted in a reduction of MLB coverage on the FOX network, which will air 12 regular season games, the All-Star Game, and the World Series. [4]
    2014 National League Championship Series

    The 2014 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the San Francisco Giants for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2014 World Series. The series was the 45th in league history with Fox airing Game 1 and Fox Sports 1 airing Games 2–5 in the United States. Game 1 was simulcast on Fox Sports 1 and was hosted by Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski, who offered sabermetric analysis of the game.

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2000s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters Pregame hostsPregame analystsTrophy presentation
2009 TBS Chip Caray Ron Darling and Buck Martinez Craig Sager Ernie Johnson Jr. David Wells, Cal Ripken Jr. and Dennis Eckersley Ernie Johnson Jr.
2008 FOX Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal and Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy, Mark Grace and Eric Karros Chris Myers
2007 TBS Chip Caray Tony Gwynn and Bob Brenly Craig Sager Ernie Johnson Jr. Frank Thomas, Cal Ripken Jr. and Ron Darling Ernie Johnson Jr.
2006 FOX Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Luis González Ken Rosenthal Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy and A. J. Pierzynski
2005 FOX Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons and Bob Brenly Kenny Albert Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy Steve Lyons
2004 FOX Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons and Bob Brenly Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy Steve Lyons
2003 FOX Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons and Al Leiter Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy Steve Lyons
2002 FOX Joe Buck Tim McCarver Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2001 FOX Joe Buck (Games 1–2)
Thom Brennaman (Games 3–5)
Tim McCarver (Games 1–2)
Steve Lyons (Games 3–5)
Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy Steve Lyons
2000 FOX Joe Buck Tim McCarver Keith Olbermann Steve Lyons Keith Olbermann

Notes

  • In 2001, Game 5 of the NLCS and Game 4 of the ALCS were split between FOX and Fox Sports Net. This came off the heels of Fox airing an NFL doubleheader that particular day (October 21).
  • In 2002, Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the ALCS were split between FOX and Fox Sports Net. The regional split was done in order for FOX to avoid televising a weekday afternoon game.
  • In 2003, Game 1 of the ALCS and Game 2 of the NLCS were split between Fox and FX.
  • In 2004, Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the ALCS were split between FOX and Fox Sports Net. Also in 2004, Game 5 of the ALCS ran way into the time slot of Game 5 of the NLCS. As a result, the first seven innings of the NLCS game were shown on FX, except in the home markets of the teams competing in the NLCS, which saw the conclusion of the ALCS on FX and the NLCS on FOX.
  • In 2005, Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 1 of the ALCS were split between FOX and FX.
  • The 2007 NLCS on TBS marked the first time that a League Championship Series was exclusively broadcast on a cable television network.
2001 National League Championship Series

The 2001 National League Championship Series (NLCS) saw the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Atlanta Braves in five games to win the National League pennant in the franchise's fourth year of existence. The Diamondbacks went on to defeat the New York Yankees in seven games to win the World Series.

2001 American League Championship Series

The 2001 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a rematch of the 2000 ALCS between the New York Yankees, who had come off a dramatic comeback against the Oakland Athletics in the Division Series after being down two games to zero, and the Seattle Mariners, who had won their Division Series against the Cleveland Indians in five games. The series had additional poignancy, coming immediately after downtown New York City was devastated by the events of September 11, 2001. The Yankees would go on to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series.

1990s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters
1999 NBC Bob Costas [7] [8] Joe Morgan Jim Gray and Craig Sager
1998 FOX Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
1997 NBC Bob Costas [9] Joe Morgan [10] and Bob Uecker [11] Jim Gray [12]
1996 FOX Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
1995 ABC (in Cincinnati [13] [14] ) Al Michaels Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver Lesley Visser
NBC (in Atlanta) Greg Gumbel Joe Morgan
1993 CBS Sean McDonough [15] Tim McCarver [16] [17] Jim Gray
1992 CBS [18] Sean McDonough [19] Tim McCarver [20] [21] Jim Gray
1991 CBS Jack Buck [22] Tim McCarver [23] Andrea Joyce [24]
1990 CBS Jack Buck [25] Tim McCarver James Brown [26]

Notes

  • The 1990 postseason started on a Thursday, while World Series started on a Tuesday due to the brief lockout.
    • In 1990, Major League Baseball and CBS went with some rather unconventional scheduling during the LCS round, with two consecutive scheduled off-days [27] in the NLCS after Game 2.
  • In 1991, CBS didn't come on the air for baseball for weeknight LCS telecasts until 8:30 p.m. ET. Instead, they opted to show programming such as Rescue 911 at 8 p.m. rather than a baseball pregame show. [28]
  • The 1994 National League Championship Series was planned to air on NBC. However, those plans were scrapped when a strike caused the entire postseason to be cancelled.
  • The rather messy 1995 arrangement was courtesy of "The Baseball Network", which was Major League Baseball's in-house production facility. ABC and NBC (who essentially, distributed the telecasts rather than produce them by themselves like in the past) shared the same on-air graphics and even the microphone “flags” had the "Baseball Network" logo on it with the respective network logo. In addition, the first four games of both of the 1995 League Championship Series were regionally televised.
1990 World Series 1990 Major League Baseball championship series

The 1990 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1990 season. The 87th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff played between the defending champions and heavily favored American League (AL) champion Oakland Athletics and the National League (NL) champion Cincinnati Reds. The Reds defeated the Athletics in a four-game sweep. It was the fifth four-game sweep by the NL and second by the Reds after they did it in 1976. It was the second consecutive World Series to end in a sweep, after the Athletics themselves did it to the San Francisco Giants in 1989. It is remembered for Billy Hatcher's seven consecutive hits. The sweep extended the Reds' World Series winning streak to nine games, dating back to 1975. This also was the second World Series meeting between the two clubs. As of 2019, this remains both teams' most recent appearance in the World Series.

The 1990 Major League Baseball lockout was the seventh work stoppage in baseball since 1972. Beginning in February, it lasted 32 days and as a result, virtually wiped out all of spring training. Also because of the lockout, Opening Day was moved back a week to April 9. In addition to this, the season had to be extended by three days in order to accommodate the normal 162-game schedule.

1980s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators
1989 NBC [29] [30] Vin Scully [31] [32] (Games 1, 3–5)
Bob Costas [33] (Game 2)
Tom Seaver
1988 ABC Al Michaels [34] [35] Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver [36]
1987 NBC Vin Scully [37] Joe Garagiola Sr.
1986 ABC [38] Keith Jackson [39] Tim McCarver [40]
1985 NBC Vin Scully [41] Joe Garagiola Sr.
1984 ABC Don Drysdale [42] Earl Weaver and Reggie Jackson [42]
1983 NBC Vin Scully [43] Joe Garagiola Sr.
1982 ABC Al Michaels Howard Cosell (Games 1, 3) [44] and Tommy Lasorda
1981 NBC [45] Dick Enberg Tom Seaver
1980 ABC Keith Jackson Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell

Notes

  • The rather unusual 1984 NLCS schedule (which had an off day after Game 3 rather than Game 2) allowed ABC to have a prime time game each weeknight even though Chicago's Wrigley Field did not have lights at the time (which remained the case until four years later). ABC used Tim McCarver as a field reporter during the 1984 NLCS. During the regular season, McCarver teamed with Don Drysdale on backup games [59] while Al Michaels, Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver/Howard Cosell formed ABC's number one broadcasting team.
  • On Thursday, October 10, 1985, NBC didn't come on the air for Game 2 [60] of the NLCS until 8:30 p.m. ET to avoid disrupting The Cosby Show at 8. [61] NBC would do the same thing for Thursday night games in subsequent postseasons. Dick Enberg hosted the 1985 NLCS pregame shows with Joe Morgan. [62] It was Enberg who broke the news to most of the nation that Vince Coleman was injured before Game 4. NBC even aired an interview with one of the few people who actually saw the incident, a Dodger batboy.
  • On October 15, 1986, Game 6 of the NLCS ran so long (lasting for 16 innings, 5 hours and 29 minutes), it bumped up against the start time of Game 7 of the ALCS (also on ABC).
    • Jack Whitaker [63] served as an essayist during ABC's coverage of the 1986 NLCS.
    • During Game 6 of the NLCS, ABC color commentator Tim McCarver left the booth during the bottom of the 16th, in order to cover the expected celebration in the New York Mets' clubhouse. As a result, play-by-play man Keith Jackson was on the air by himself for a short time. Eventually, McCarver rejoined the broadcast just before the end of the game, watching the action on a monitor in the Mets' clubhouse, then doing the postgame interviews with the Mets.
    • Corey McPherrin, a sports anchor with WABC (ABC's flagship station out of New York) interviewed Mike Scott when he was presented with the 1986 NLCS MVP award after Game 6.
  • NBC used Don Sutton as a pre and postgame analyst for their 1987 LCS coverage. Marv Albert went back-and-forth during both 1987 LCS. [64] He hosted the pregame for Game 1 [65] of the NLCS with Joe Morgan, [66] and in fact had to read the lineups to the viewing audience. There was a problem with the St. Louis P.A. feed, so he ended up reading the script from the Cardinal dugout while the players were introduced to the crowd. He then went to Minnesota the next night to host the ALCS pregame with Don Sutton. Jimmy Cefalo hosted the pregame coverage for Game 5 of the NLCS, as Marv Albert was away on a boxing assignment for NBC.
  • Game 2 of the 1988 NLCS didn't start until 10 p.m. ET due to a vice presidential debate. [70] This is the latest ever scheduled start for an LCS game.
  • NBC play-by-play man Vin Scully was unable to call Game 2 of the 1989 NLCS (on Wednesday, October 4) because he had come down with laryngitis. [33] Thus, number two play-by-play man, Bob Costas filled-in for him. [33] Around the same time, Costas was assigned to call the American League Championship Series between Oakland and Toronto. Game 2 of the NLCS occurred on Thursday, October 5, which was an off day for the ALCS. NBC then decided to fly Costas from Toronto to Chicago to substitute for Scully on Thursday night. Afterwards, Costas flew back to Toronto, where he resumed work on the ALCS the next night.
    • NBC used Mike Schmidt as a guest analyst (Marv Albert served as the pregame host) for Game 1 of the NLCS. Schmidt subsequently, did on-field reporting for the series. Schmidt also provided periodic commentary (albeit, taped prior to the playoffs) for ABC during the 1988 NLCS.

1970s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators
1979 NBC Joe Garagiola Sr. Tony Kubek and Don Sutton [72]
1978 ABC Al Michaels Don Drysdale and Johnny Bench [73]
1977 NBC Joe Garagiola Sr. (in Los Angeles)
Jim Simpson (Game 3)
Dick Enberg (Game 4)
Tony Kubek (in Los Angeles)
Maury Wills (Game 3)
Don Drysdale (Game 4)
1976 ABC Al Michaels Warner Wolf and Tom Seaver
1975 NBC Joe Garagiola Sr. (in Cincinnati)
Curt Gowdy (in Pittsburgh)
Maury Wills (in Cincinnati)
Tony Kubek (in Pittsburgh)
1974 NBC Jim Simpson (Game 1)
Curt Gowdy (in Los Angeles)
Maury Wills (Game 1)
Tony Kubek (in Los Angeles)
1973 NBC Curt Gowdy (in Cincinnati [74] )
Jim Simpson (in Queens, New York)
Tony Kubek (in Cincinnati)
Maury Wills (in Queens, New York)
1972 NBC Jim Simpson (Game 1)
Curt Gowdy (in Cincinnati)
Sandy Koufax (Game 1)
Tony Kubek (in Cincinnati)
1971 NBC [75] Curt Gowdy (in San Francisco)
Jim Simpson (in Pittsburgh)
Tony Kubek (in San Francisco)
Sandy Koufax (in Pittsburgh)
1970 NBC Curt Gowdy (in Pittsburgh)
Jim Simpson (in Cincinnati)
Tony Kubek (in Pittsburgh)
Sandy Koufax (in Cincinnati)

Notes

  • In 1970, NBC televised the second games of both League Championship Series on a regional basis. Some markets got the NLCS at 1 p.m. ET along with a 4 p.m. NFL game while other markets got the ALCS at 4 p.m. along with a 1 p.m. NFL game.
  • NBC did not air Game 2 [76] of the 1972 NLCS or the 1974 NLCS.
  • Except for Game 1 in both series, all games in 1975 were regionally televised. Game 3 of both League Championship Series were aired in prime time, the first time such an occurrence happened.
  • 1976 marked the first time that all LCS games were televised nationally.

1969

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators
1969 NBC Jim Simpson (Game 1)
Curt Gowdy (Games 2–3)
Sandy Koufax (Game 1)
Tony Kubek (Games 2–3)

Notes

  • In the early years of the League Championship Series, [77] NBC typically televised a doubleheader on the opening Saturday, followed by a single game on Sunday (because of NFL coverage). They then covered the weekday games with a 1.5 hour overlap, joining the second game in progress when the first one ended. NBC usually swapped announcer crews after Game 2.
  • From 1969 to 1983, the Major League Baseball television contract allowed a local TV station in the market of each competing team to also carry the LCS games. So in 1969, 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.

Surviving telecasts

For all of the League Championship Series telecasts spanning from 1969 to 1975, only Game 2 of the 1972 American League Championship Series (Oakland vs. Detroit) is known to exist. However, the copy on the trade circuit of Game 2 of the 1972 ALCS is missing the Bert Campaneris-Lerrin LaGrow brawl. There are some instances where the only brief glimpse of telecast footage of an early LCS game can be seen in a surviving newscast from that night. For instance, the last out of the 1973 National League Championship Series as described by Jim Simpson was played on that night's NBC Nightly News , but other than that, the entire game is gone. On the day the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles wrapped up their respective League Championship Series in 1969, a feature story on the CBS Evening News showed telecast clips of the ALCS game (there's no original sound, just voiceover narration). This is all that likely remains of anything from that third game of the Orioles-Twins series. While all telecasts of World Series games starting with 1975 are accounted for and exist, the LCS is still a spotty situation through the late 1970s:

Local television

As previously mentioned, from 1969 until 1983, the Major League Baseball television contract allowed a local TV station in the market of each competing team to also carry the LCS games.

1960s

YearTeamsLocal TV Play-by-play#1 Play-by-play#2 Play-by-play#3 Color commentators
1969 New York (NL)-Atlanta WOR-TV (New York (NL))
WSB-TV (Atlanta)
Lindsey Nelson
Ernie Johnson
Bob Murphy
Milo Hamilton
Ralph Kiner


Bob Uecker

Notes

  • 1969 - Locally, the NLCS was broadcast in New York City by WOR-TV, the Mets' flagship TV station, and WNBC-TV, the New York City, New York NBC affiliate, and in Atlanta by WSB-TV, the Braves' flagship TV station and Atlanta, Georgia NBC affiliate.

National radio

From 1969 to 1975, there was no official national radio network coverage of the League Championship Series. NBC only had the national radio rights to the All-Star Game and World Series during this period. Instead, national coverage was provided by local team radio broadcasts being syndicated nationally over ad hoc networks.

2010s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators
2019 ESPN Jon Sciambi Jessica Mendoza
2018 ESPN Dan Shulman Chris Singleton
2017 ESPN Dan Shulman Aaron Boone
2016 ESPN Dan Shulman Aaron Boone
2015 ESPN Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2014 ESPN Dan Shulman Aaron Boone
2013 ESPN Dan Shulman Orel Hershiser
2012 ESPN Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2011 ESPN Jon Sciambi (Games 1–3, 6)
Dave O'Brien (Games 4–5)
Bobby Valentine (Games 1–4, 6)
Buck Martinez (Game 5)
2010 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell

Notes

2000s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators
2009 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2008 ESPN Dan Shulman Steve Phillips (Games 1–2)
Orel Hershiser (Games 3–5)
2007 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2006 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2005 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2004 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2003 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2002 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2001 ESPN Charley Steiner Dave Campbell
2000 ESPN Charley Steiner Dave Campbell

1990s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators
1999 ESPN Charley Steiner Kevin Kennedy
1998 ESPN Charley Steiner Kevin Kennedy
1997 CBS Gary Cohen Jerry Coleman
1996 CBS Jim Hunter Jerry Coleman
1995 CBS Jim Hunter Jerry Coleman
1993 CBS Jerry Coleman [79] [80] Johnny Bench
1992 CBS John Rooney Jerry Coleman
1991 CBS John Rooney Jerry Coleman [81]
1990 CBS John Rooney Jerry Coleman

See also

1980s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators
1989 CBS John Rooney [82] Jerry Coleman
1988 CBS Brent Musburger Jerry Coleman [83]
1987 CBS Dick Stockton [37] Johnny Bench
1986 CBS Brent Musburger [84] Johnny Bench
1985 CBS Brent Musburger [85] Johnny Bench
1984 CBS Harry Kalas [86] Ross Porter
1983 CBS Jerry Coleman Duke Snider
1982 CBS Jack Buck [87] Jerry Coleman
1981 CBS Jack Buck Jerry Coleman
1980 CBS Jack Buck [88] Jerry Coleman

1970s

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators
1979 CBS Jack Buck Jerry Coleman [89]
1978 CBS Ralph Kiner Jerry Coleman
1977 CBS Ralph Kiner Jerry Coleman
1976 CBS Ralph Kiner Jerry Coleman
1975 Ad hoc Ralph Kiner Red Schoendienst
1974 Ad hoc Marty Brennaman Bob Gibson
1973 Robert Wold Radio Vin Scully [90] Bob Gibson
1972 WLW Al Michaels Joe Nuxhall
1971 Ad hoc Vin Scully Bob Gibson
1970 Ad hoc Vin Scully Bob Gibson

Notes

1969

YearNetwork Play-by-play Color commentators
1969 Robert Wold Radio Bob Prince Gene Elston

Local radio

From 1969 to present, with the exception of the period between 1969 and 1975, the non-national radio broadcasts of the National League Championship Series we're broadcast on the flagship station and the radio network of the teams participating in the National League Championship Series.

2000s

YearTeamsFlagship station Play-by-play#1 Play-by-play#2 Play-by-play#3 Color commentators
2002 San Francisco-St. Louis KNBR-AM (San Francisco)
KMOX-AM (St. Louis)
Jon Miller (Game 5), Duane Kuiper (Games 1-4)
Mike Shannon
Joe Angel
Joel Meyers
Duane Kuiper (Game 5)

Mike Krukow

2001 Arizona-Atlanta KTAR-AM (Arizona)
WSB-AM (Atlanta)
Greg Schulte
Pete Van Wieren
Jeff Munn
Skip Caray
Rod Allen and Jim Traber
Don Sutton and Joe Simpson

Notes

1980s

YearTeamsFlagship station Play-by-play#1 Play-by-play#2 Color commentators
1989 San Francisco-Chicago (NL) KNBR-AM (San Francisco)
WGN-AM (Chicago (NL))
Hank Greenwald
Harry Caray
Ron Fairly
Dewayne Staats

Dave Nelson
1986 New York (NL) Houston

Notes

1960s

YearTeamsFlagship station Play-by-play#1 Play-by-play#2 Play-by-play#3
1969 New York (NL) Atlanta WJRZ-AM/WABC-FM (New York (NL))
WSB-AM (Atlanta)
Lindsey Nelson
Ernie Johnson
Bob Murphy
Milo Hamilton
Ralph Kiner

Notes

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In 1980, 22 teams took part in a one-year cable deal with UA-Columbia. The deal involved the airing of a Thursday night Game of the Week in markets at least 50 miles (80 km) from a major league park. The deal earned Major League Baseball less than $500,000, but led to a new two-year contract for 40-45 games per season.

By 1969, Major League Baseball had grown to 24 teams and the net local TV revenues had leaped to $20.7 million. This is in sharp contrast to 1950 when local television brought the then 16 Major League clubs a total net income of $2.3 million. Changes baseball underwent during this time, such as expansion franchises and increasing the schedule from 154 games to 162, led to a wider audience for network and local television.

In September 2000, Major League Baseball signed a six-year, $2.5 billion contract with Fox to show Saturday baseball, the All-Star Game, selected Division Series games and exclusive coverage of both League Championship Series and the World Series.

After Wayne Gretzky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988, CBC began showing occasional double-headers when Canadian teams visited Los Angeles to showcase the sport's most popular player. These games were often joined in progress, as the regular start time for Hockey Night in Canada was still 8 p.m. Eastern Time and the Kings home games began at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Beginning in the 1995 season, weekly double-headers became the norm, with games starting at 7:30 Eastern and 7:30 Pacific, respectively. In 1998, the start times were moved ahead to 7 p.m. ET and PT.

<i>Sunday Afternoon Baseball</i>

Sunday Afternoon Baseball is the de facto branding used for nationally televised live game telecasts of Major League Baseball games on Sunday afternoons during the regular season.

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