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#1 spycake

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 09:28 PM

Dust off that antenna, folks: the Twins 2020 postseason debut is over the air on ABC (albeit at 1 PM on a Tuesday, pre-empting some soap opera, presumably?):

Twins-Astros:
Game 1: 1 p.m. Tuesday, ABC
Game 2: Noon Wednesday, ESPN2
Game 3: TBA Thursday

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:04 PM

Because Twins fans would rather watch Yankees - Red Sox in prime time, than a Twins game, or something.

Great job, MLB. Just a great job all around.
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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:06 PM

At least we didn’t get the 9 AM time slot?

At least those of us who are shift workers might be able to catch a game. I guess that’s something.
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Posted 27 September 2020 - 10:21 PM

Because Twins fans would rather watch Yankees - Red Sox in prime time, than a Twins game, or something.

Great job, MLB. Just a great job all around.


To be fair, they try to stagger all of the games. They tried overlapping postseason games back in 1995 I think, and it was roundly critized. (Yes, they do give prime time preference to the biggest markets, but I am not sure what criteria to use for that, beyond time zone.)

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 06:55 AM

Wednesday is going to be something else with eight games going on. It will be baseball's version of March Madness.

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 07:07 AM

Living in the UK this is great for me! I usually have to catch the highlights the day after. Sorry for everyone else though....

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 07:22 AM

So happy, last week I was able to watch games on my TV instead of my iPad.I have Dish and they do not have FSN. I would love to change but my family loves PrimeTime Live.Both Dish and FSN suck by depriving viewers from this channel.Does anyone know how long the Twins contract is with FSN?


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 08:19 AM

At least at 1pm it will be a balmy 63deg. I don't care if they play at 1AM. Just please get through 1 round of these playoffs or 2020 won't be any different than any other recent year when they made the playoffs. Astros don't wear pin stripes with NY on the front so there goes that excuse.

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 09:11 AM

Wow, first Twins playoff game on broadcast TV in like a decade (or at least it feels that way).

 

Of course, if they won more it would solve this problem as they advance.

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:03 AM

I seriously wonder if ratings are higher for the 1 and noon games than if they were evening games?Personally, I will not be watching any evening games and will fill my time in other ways.Luckily I will get to see/listen to most of the games.They have so many games going they are overlapping anyways?Why not have just local show the games, guess it comes down to large contracts signed by media. 


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:23 AM

For those wondering: the Cleveland vs. Yankees series (the 4-5 matchup) is getting the 7pm ET time slots on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

 

 

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#12 spycake

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:39 AM

 

So happy, last week I was able to watch games on my TV instead of my iPad.I have Dish and they do not have FSN. I would love to change but my family loves PrimeTime Live.

Is "PrimeTime Live" just the Dish DVR?

 

YouTube TV has FSN and also offers unlimited DVR (plus on-demand content, if you forgot to DVR something). And no contract!


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:44 AM

 

They have so many games going they are overlapping anyways?Why not have just local show the games, guess it comes down to large contracts signed by media. 

I mentioned above, but in 1995 -- the first wild card postseason -- they tried overlapping prime time games. So people only saw their "regional" game in the first round. The response was not good.

 

The next year, 1996, was the first year they had postseason games on cable, so they were no longer limited to the major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, etc.) and they could air all games nationally.


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:51 AM

 

Wow, first Twins playoff game on broadcast TV in like a decade (or at least it feels that way).

Actually longer!

 

https://en.wikipedia...es_broadcasters

 

I think our 2006 ALDS games on ESPN games were simulcast locally on ABC (KSTP).

 

Otherwise, we haven't been national on broadcast TV since the 2004 ALDS.

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:55 AM

 

Living in the UK this is great for me! I usually have to catch the highlights the day after. Sorry for everyone else though....

Yup. And international viewers (outside the USA & Canada) should be able to see all of these games through their normal MLB.TV subscription.


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:57 AM

Here in the USA & Canada, MLB.TV subscribers can still listen to the live postseason radio broadcasts, watch the archive games (90 minutes after they end), or watch live if they authenticate with a participating pay TV provider:

 

https://www.mlb.com/...n/2020providers

 

In the USA, though, it is easier to just get YouTube TV for $65. That will have every game (with DVR!). Subscribe Tuesday Sep. 29, cancel right away (turn off renewal), and it will last through Game 7 of the World Series.


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 11:10 AM

Enjoy the day games with same day drinking...hit a local watering hole or tell your boss unless you are self-employed you are taking a half day...Win Twins!!!Lets make a run this year.

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:36 PM

To be fair, they try to stagger all of the games. They tried overlapping postseason games back in 1995 I think, and it was roundly critized. (Yes, they do give prime time preference to the biggest markets, but I am not sure what criteria to use for that, beyond time zone.)

Roundly criticized by who? Big market attention hounds who were forced to share a spotlight for a couple nights?
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Posted 28 September 2020 - 01:04 PM

Because Twins fans would rather watch Yankees - Red Sox in prime time, than a Twins game, or something.

Great job, MLB. Just a great job all around.

I don’t really see another way to do it. They essentially gave first round “slots” in the day, as once you commit to the Yankees getting a night game in game one, it’s less fair to flip them around for a 1pm start the following day. What happens if game one goes 14 innings? That’s a rough spot to be in for both teams.

Besides, it only impacts the next three days. After that, games will likely start in the late afternoon then continue into the evening as the field narrows.
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Posted 28 September 2020 - 01:30 PM

 

Roundly criticized by who? Big market attention hounds who were forced to share a spotlight for a couple nights?

I don't think anyone liked it.

 

Look at the 1995 playoffs:

 

AL Division Series 3-0 Cleveland Indians over Boston Red Sox
AL Division Series 3-2 Seattle Mariners over New York Yankees
NL Division Series 3-1 Atlanta Braves over Colorado Rockies
NL Division Series 3-0 Cincinnati Reds over Los Angeles Dodgers

ALCS 4-2 Cleveland Indians over Seattle Mariners
NLCS 4-0 Atlanta Braves over Cincinnati Reds

 

Fans in Minnesota got Cleveland-Boston during the DS round, because Cleveland was a "midwest" team in the American League. Even if the series went 2-0, Minnesota fans were locked into that, rather than potentially checking out another more competitive series. (Or if the network switched you to watch a more competitive series, undoubtedly you'd alienate some fans who wanted to keep watching Cleveland-Boston until the end.)

 

What if the White Sox qualified as a wild card -- which game would we get, Cleveland or Chicago? What if the Brewers qualified in the NL -- should we get their game over, say, the White Sox?

 

It gets worse in other places. With both Cincinnati and Cleveland qualifying, and surviving until the CS round, what game should get broadcast precedence in Ohio? What about Texas, where no team close to them qualified? What about Iowa and the many other states without a MLB team of any kind?

 

Now this was broadcast TV -- limited to one network. With the move to cable in 1996, baseball has many more networks to deliver simultaneous games -- but the value of each of those games broadcast rights is greatly diminished if it has to compete with other games. TBS will pay a fair amount for any exclusive MLB postseason game -- but they're not going to pay nearly as much if they have to broadcast MIN-OAK while Fox is broadcasting LAD-CHC or something like that.