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MLB Media Notes: ESPN Will Carry MLB's Opening Night Matchup On April 4
Published January 12, 2012
FRANCHISE PLAYER: YAHOO SPORTS’ Kevin Kaduk noted Showtime's "The Franchise," which in '11 chronicled the MLB Giants, reportedly “will return for a second season.” However, “no one is yet willing to cough up the identity of the squad.” The team “will be announced in the near future” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/10).
PLAY BALL: The Giants yesterday announced a new partnership with ESPN Deportes 860 (KTRB-AM), making it the team's official Spanish language radio station. KTRB-AM will carry a total of 70 broadcasts throughout the season. The Giants broadcast team of Tito Fuentes and Erwin Higueros will call the games (Giants).
IQ TEST: In California, Bill Plunkett noted MLB Network later this month will launch a new show titled "Baseball IQ." The game show will premiere Jan. 24 at 9:00pm ET, and the format "will feature two participants answering questions regarding 'all things baseball.'" At stake during the 30-minute show "will be a potential $45,000 for a charity chosen by the team." Each MLB team will have a rep, and they will be "matched up in a bracket-style tournament over 31 episodes." A new episode "will air each Tuesday and Thursday" from Jan. 24-Feb. 23 with Matt Vasgersian hosting (OCREGISTER.com, 1/11).