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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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.
|Year||Network||Play-by-play||Color commentators||Field reporters||Pregame hosts||Pregame analysts||Trophy 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|
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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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|Year||Network||Play-by-play||Color commentators||Field reporters||Pregame hosts||Pregame analysts||Trophy 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|
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.
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.
|Year||Network||Play-by-play||Color commentators||Field reporters|
|1999||NBC||Bob Costas||Joe Morgan||Jim Gray and Craig Sager|
|1998||FOX||Joe Buck||Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly|
|1997||NBC||Bob Costas||Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker||Jim Gray|
|1996||FOX||Joe Buck||Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly|
|1995||ABC (in Cincinnati )||Al Michaels||Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver||Lesley Visser|
|NBC (in Atlanta)||Greg Gumbel||Joe Morgan|
|1993||CBS||Sean McDonough||Tim McCarver||Jim Gray|
|1992||CBS||Sean McDonough||Tim McCarver||Jim Gray|
|1991||CBS||Jack Buck||Tim McCarver||Andrea Joyce|
|1990||CBS||Jack Buck||Tim McCarver||James Brown|
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.
|1989||NBC|| Vin Scully (Games 1, 3–5)|
Bob Costas (Game 2)
|1988||ABC||Al Michaels||Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver|
|1987||NBC||Vin Scully||Joe Garagiola Sr.|
|1986||ABC||Keith Jackson||Tim McCarver|
|1985||NBC||Vin Scully||Joe Garagiola Sr.|
|1984||ABC||Don Drysdale||Earl Weaver and Reggie Jackson|
|1983||NBC||Vin Scully||Joe Garagiola Sr.|
|1982||ABC||Al Michaels||Howard Cosell (Games 1, 3) and Tommy Lasorda|
|1981||NBC||Dick Enberg||Tom Seaver|
|1980||ABC||Keith Jackson||Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell|
|1979||NBC||Joe Garagiola Sr.||Tony Kubek and Don Sutton|
|1978||ABC||Al Michaels||Don Drysdale and Johnny Bench|
|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 )|
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|| 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)
|1969||NBC|| Jim Simpson (Game 1)|
Curt Gowdy (Games 2–3)
| Sandy Koufax (Game 1)|
Tony Kubek (Games 2–3)
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:
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.
|Year||Teams||Local 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))|
| Lindsey Nelson |
| Bob Murphy |
| Ralph Kiner |
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.
|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|
|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|
|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||Johnny Bench|
|1992||CBS||John Rooney||Jerry Coleman|
|1991||CBS||John Rooney||Jerry Coleman|
|1990||CBS||John Rooney||Jerry Coleman|
|1989||CBS||John Rooney||Jerry Coleman|
|1988||CBS||Brent Musburger||Jerry Coleman|
|1987||CBS||Dick Stockton||Johnny Bench|
|1986||CBS||Brent Musburger||Johnny Bench|
|1985||CBS||Brent Musburger||Johnny Bench|
|1984||CBS||Harry Kalas||Ross Porter|
|1983||CBS||Jerry Coleman||Duke Snider|
|1982||CBS||Jack Buck||Jerry Coleman|
|1981||CBS||Jack Buck||Jerry Coleman|
|1980||CBS||Jack Buck||Jerry Coleman|
|1979||CBS||Jack Buck||Jerry Coleman|
|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||Bob Gibson|
|1972||WLW||Al Michaels||Joe Nuxhall|
|1971||Ad hoc||Vin Scully||Bob Gibson|
|1970||Ad hoc||Vin Scully||Bob Gibson|
|1969||Robert Wold Radio||Bob Prince||Gene Elston|
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.
|Year||Teams||Flagship 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)|
| Joe Angel |
| Duane Kuiper (Game 5)|| Mike Krukow |
|2001||Arizona-Atlanta|| KTAR-AM (Arizona)|
| Greg Schulte |
Pete Van Wieren
| Jeff Munn |
| Rod Allen and Jim Traber |
Don Sutton and Joe Simpson
|Year||Teams||Flagship 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 |
| Ron Fairly |
|1986||New York (NL) – Houston|
|1969||New York (NL) – Atlanta|| WJRZ-AM/WABC-FM (New York (NL))|
| Lindsey Nelson |
| Bob Murphy |
| Ralph Kiner |
The following is a detailed description of the various television networks, rights fees, and announcers who have called Major League Baseball games throughout the years.
Fox Major League Baseball is a presentation of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by Fox Sports, the sports division of the Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox), since June 1, 1996. The broadcaster has aired the World Series in 1996, 1998 and every edition since 2000, and the All-Star Game in 1997, 1999, and every year since 2001. It has also aired the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and American League Championship Series (ALCS) in alternate years from 1996 to 2000, both series from 2001 to 2006, and again in alternate years since 2007, with the NLCS in even years and the ALCS in odd years. In November of 2018, Fox Sports signed a TV rights extension with MLB, allowing it to continue to carry MLB telecasts through the 2028 season, with national broadcasts on Fox and cable sports network Fox Sports 1.
Major League Baseball on CBS is the branding used for broadcasts of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS television network in the United States.
Major League Baseball on NBC is the de facto branding for weekly broadcasts of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by NBC Sports, and televised on the NBC television network. Major League Baseball games first aired on the network from 1947 to 1989, when CBS acquired the broadcast television rights; games returned to the network in 1994 with coverage lasting until 2000. There have been several variations of the program dating back to the 1940s, including The NBC Game of the Week and Baseball Night in America.
Major League Baseball on ABC is the de facto title of a program that televises Major League Baseball games on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). The program has appeared in various forms c. 1953-1965, 1976–1989, and 1994–1995. ABC has not televised Major League Baseball since Game 5 of the 1995 World Series.
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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.
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