How ESPN Will Deliver MLB Scores During the 2011 Season
If you like watching sports, then you may be interested in how ESPN plans to deliver the Major League Baseball scores during the 2011 season. The sports channel has announced a series of improvements to its game coverage. These include enhanced news updates and a new logo.
Major League Baseball telecasts on ESPN
ESPN and Major League Baseball has signed a seven-year extension to their contract. The new deal will allow ESPN to carry all eight playoff series in 2022 and beyond. It also provides the company with eight other regular-season games each year. This includes a telecast of the MLB All-Star Game each April.
ESPN is also set to air an alternative presentation of select Sunday games. These will be led by Alex Rodriguez and Michael Kay and occur during intense rivalries. They will live from their studios and include predictive analytics and special guests.
Several spring training games will be aired on ESPN as well. Some of these will be exclusive telecasts. Others will be a part of a regular Sunday Night Baseball program.
New logo for ESPN MLB presentations
A good logo has become increasingly important in an era of ad-free sports. So the ABC network and ESPN have worked with design and production firm Trollback+Company to create a new logo that incorporates the significant facets of the former while showcasing the latter.
The most popular programs, including Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Football, and Wednesday Night Baseball, will all be featured in this new logo. Additionally, a few select games from around the league will be featured in the coming months. It is also worth noting that the network is a significant distributor of sporting events.
One of the most notable features of this new logo is the Yessian sonic branding. This sonic m is a digital sound created using a specialized telecommunications system. A similar approach is used for secondary program IDs.
Graphics package for the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals
Fox unveiled a new graphics package for the MLB and college football coverages in October 2021. This graphics display was a reimagined version of a similar design that was used on FSN for a few years before.
One of the most notable changes was moving the ball-strike counter from its traditional location above the scoreboard to those above, atop the previous scoring bug. The big score was not a home run, but the Mets did a decent job of hitting the ball.
Another change was incorporating a new logo for the Mets, accompanied by a new logo for the Cardinals. While the Mets won the game 9-4, the Cardinals did a brisk business on the mound.
Staggered times of first-round games
The good folks at ESPN aren’t wasting your time with the usual suspects. The company is no stranger to the baseball, football, or hockey turf, and if it’s not a marquee league, you’ll probably find it in your backyard. However, its longstanding association with the best in the business has led to some interesting experiments. For example, they have introduced the most ad-free sports coverage in the country. And that includes Saturday night games. Not to mention the dreaded Sunday afternoon snoozefests. This is especially true during the playoffs when the Big A takes on the division’s best and brightest.
The company is also the only game in town to announce its latest big-name acquisitions, including the NFL and the NBA. But a lot of this is just a rebranding exercise, and the good news is that fans of both the old guard and the new boys in town can look forward to more exciting things.
Promoting playoff coverage on TBS and Fox
During the MLB postseason, TBS and Fox Sports promote playoff coverage on their channels. But the promotion has been met with criticism from some observers. A few months back, TBS was awarded extra games to air, but then it started to switch games. Eventually, it hit four games.
Some people criticized TBS for not broadcasting “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card round. They also complained that TBS did not broadcast traditional pre-game player introductions. Fortunately, that problem has been fixed.
TBS will now broadcast the second round of the playoffs. The American League Division Series, presented by T-Mobile, begins on October 2. It features eight teams, including the winner of the Wild Card Game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In addition, several MLB stars will be featured in a new studio show, which will be aired on Tuesday nights.