ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ announced today that it is has formed a partnership with CBS Sports Network. Beginning today and running through early August, CBS Sports Network will serve as the home of Minor League Baseball's "Game of the Week" during the 2014 season.
The first five games of the schedule have been determined and are as follows:
- May 1: Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox), 7:05 p.m. ET
- May 8: Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) vs. Charlotte Knights (White Sox), 7:05 p.m. ET
- May 15: Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers) vs. Fresno Grizzlies (Giants), 10:05 p.m. ET
- May 22: Durham Bulls (Rays) vs. Columbus Clippers (Indians), 7:05 p.m. ET
- May 29: Iowa Cubs (Cubs) vs. Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 8:05 p.m. ET
Additional game dates will be announced at a later date and could feature multiple classifications of play ranging from Single-A™ to Triple-A®. Each week's matchup will be anchored by three-time Kentucky Sportscaster of the year, Dick Gabriel, and former Major League Baseball player Doug Flynn, a two-time World Series Champion with the Cincinnati Reds and Gold Glove winner with the New York Mets.
"We look forward to exposing even more fans to the excitement of Minor League Baseball, from top prospects working their way up to the major leagues to the fun and engaging elements our fans enjoy at our ballparks," Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner, said. "We feel this partnership with CBS Sports Network will truly capture the emotion of our game to a national audience week after week."
The partnership between Minor League Baseball and CBS Sports Network was formed in conjunction with JMI Sports and its Chief Executive Officer, Erik Judson. JMI Sports, based in San Diego, California, is a leading provider of sales, marketing, and project management and multi-media rights management services to universities, professional teams, and municipalities.
"This partnership will allow us to further expose the experience of Minor League Baseball beyond the 41 million-plus fans that pass through our gates each season," added Michael Hand, Chief Marketing Officer for Minor League Baseball and President, MiLB™ Enterprises. "Since baseball began its ﬁrst player draft in 1965, only 21 selections out of nearly 60,000 have advanced directly to Major League Baseball without first playing in Minor League Baseball. This partnership is the first truly comprehensive television package that will allow MiLB to feature the next generation of stars at all classifications as they travel The Road to the Show™."
About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball clubs through their farm systems. Fans are coming out in unprecedented numbers to this one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Minor League Baseball ballparks. In 2013, Minor League Baseball attracted more than 41 million fans to its ballparks to see the future stars of the sport hone their skills. From the electricity in the stands to the excitement on the field, Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information about Minor League Baseball, visit www.MiLB.com.
About CBS Sports Network
CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, airs more than 400 live games annually, showcasing an array of men's and women's sports, as well as in-depth studio shows, documentaries and original programs. CBS Sports Network also provides extensive shoulder programming around CBS Sports' Championship events, including the Super Bowl, The Masters, PGA Championship and US Open Tennis Championships. The Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers including Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 (1643 in HD) and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.