Giants and A’s fans, take heed. Most Fox Saturday Baseball contests will shift to Fox Sports 1 beginning April 5th. And it’ll host doubleheaders on ten Saturdays. Fox itself, channel 2 locally, will only carry 12 regional broadcasts per season. Fox Sports 1 will carry a single game on those 12 Saturdays.
The Giants at the Dodgers will help launch this new schedule as the second half of the opening week doubleheader. They’ll also appear on the May 10th telecast, also from Dodger Stadium.
Following that, they’ll be on a broadcast on Fox at the Padres on July 5. Then it’s back to Fox Sports 1, at the Nationals on August 23. Their final national Saturday appearance is September 6 at the Tigers on Fox.
You’ll note a couple of things: 1) The G-Men are only featured five times, down from the maximum of nine, which is probably a direct result of not making the playoffs last year, and
2) None of the five are at AT&T, all are on the road. No idea what that’s about.
Still, five appearances is four better than the A’s, who, despite winning their division two years in a row, continue to get no national respect. The green and gold will only be featured on a regional broadcast at the Orioles on Fox June 7.
By the way, Fox Sports 1 also has four assorted national weeknight cablecasts scattered throughout the season. The first is Tuesday, April 8, with the Reds at the Cards.
Also BTW, no matter which network has the game, they’ll all be on Fox Sports Go, Fox’s online presence, with the exception of any matchup on channel 2, which includes A’s-O’s, Giants-Pads, and Giants-Tigers. Other regional contests will be available online during those broadcasts.
Of course, the last two Saturdays of the season are TBD, so if either or both of our local squads are playoff eligible, they can be added.
And if the Giants and/or A’s make the playoffs? The Division Series will be split between Fox Sports 1 and TBS, and FS1 will also air some LCS games.
Yep, it’s a whole new ballgame for Fox. Check your local listings to find Fox Sports 1. Play ball!