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Fox' MLB Coverage Plans In Flux As McCarver Set To Exit, Andrews' Role Expanding
Published April 5, 2013
BIRD FEED: In St. Louis, Dan Caesar notes Cardinals-Giants on Saturday will be televised regionally by Fox as the "first of eight contests they are scheduled to show on that network -- one fewer the maximum allowed for any team." But the Cards are "not yet scheduled for any appearances in August or September, so if they are in contention for the postseason Fox most likely would snatch another Saturday game away" from FS Midwest. Fox' Justin Kutcher, a "baseball newcomer," has the play-by-play assignment for Cards-Giants, with Eric Karros "providing analysis." Kutcher has "done college football for Fox and also has worked for the Big Ten Network, NCAA Productions, what now is CBS Sports Network and MLB.com." He was with Joe Buck and McCarver "several seasons ago to provide statistical information" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 4/5).
FOOT IN MOUTH: YAHOO SPORTS' David Brown noted Astros broadcaster Alan Ashby "issued a conditional apology Wednesday," a day after he jokingly suggested Rangers P Yu Darvish losing a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning should "force a guy to learn some of the language here in America" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/4).
STRONG STARTS ON TV: MLB Network's Q1 primetime viewership grew by 149% over the same period in '12, which marks the most growth of any cable network in the first period of this year. March also was the net's most-watched month ever with an average of 254,000 primetime viewers (MLB). Meanwhile, Rogers' Sportsnet had its largest audience ever for a Blue Jays game on Tuesday. The game against the Indians averaged 1.4 million viewers, up 13% jump over the net's previous high of 1.3 million for the opener versus the Red Sox in '12 (Sportsnet).