SAN FRANCISCO, CA – FOX Sports Net, the cable home of the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s since 1990, will once again deliver more Major League Baseball coverage than any other Bay Area television outlet. FOX Sports Net will offer viewers a comprehensive schedule of 59 Giants games (48 home, 11 road) and 59 A’s contests (39 home, 20 road), plus a weekly schedule of key national games. The announcement was made today by Jeff Krolik, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Sports Net in San Francisco.
FOX Sports Net’s bases-loaded schedule includes coverage of 118 Giants and A’s games, 23 regular season Baseball Thursday battles, FOX Sports Net’s national, weekly MLB game of the week, and 30 pregame shows.
FOX Sports Net delivers the first of its 59 Giants telecasts on Friday, March 31 against the Milwaukee Brewers in preseason action in the first game ever played in Pacific Bell Park. The Giants make their regular season debut on FOX Sports Net on the road Friday, April 7 against defending NL Champion Atlanta Braves. FOX Sports Net will also present the first Giants home-night game Wednesday, April 12 against NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
FOX Sports Net kicks off its 59 A’s game schedule Tuesday, April 4 as the A’s host the Detroit Tigers. Highlighting FOX Sports Net’s A’s telecast schedule are four match-ups against the defending World Champion New York Yankees (May 29, 31 and August 9, 27). FOX Sports Net will also deliver five key games against last year’s AL Wild Card winner Boston Red Sox (July 27, 28, 29, 30, and September 6).
“Our coverage of baseball this season is unprecedented,” said Krolik. “We’re pleased to be able to provide our viewers with the strongest schedule we’ve ever offered and arguably, one of the best lineups of baseball coverage in the nation.”
Interleague play is back for a fourth season and FOX Sports Net will be the place to catch 12 of those battles, including Thursday, July 13 as the Giants host their cross-bay rivals from Oakland. Both the Giants and A’s will play six interleague contests on FOX Sports Net.
Viewers can once again look forward to extended coverage of Giants and A’s baseball with 30 pregame shows. Hosted by Glen Kuiper, the half-hour show will feature up-to-the minute news, analysis, and interviews on that day/evening’s game. FOX Sports News immediately follows all evening baseball telecasts (or regularly beginning at 10:00pm) offering the most comprehensive national, regional, and local sports news in the nation.
“We’re proud to once again be the home for the most in-depth, coverage of the Giants and A’s,” said FOX Sports Net’s Krolik. “From the pregame shows, FOX Sports News after the game, to our local news beginning in June, our viewers are guaranteed to have a comprehensive night of sports entertainment every time they watch Giants and A’s baseball on FOX Sports Net. Giants and A’s fans are truly in for an exciting year of baseball.”
Note: A complete listing of FOX Sports Net’s 2000 San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s games, Baseball Thursday telecasts, and pregame shows are attached.
FOX Sports Net Bay Area is owned and managed by Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. Rainbow Sports has dedicated itself to “Home Team” fans for more than 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow Media’s sports assets, including the Madison Square Garden Properties, its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, and the ownership and management of FOX Sports Net regional networks in six of the nation’s largest markets – Chicago, Florida, New England, New York, Ohio, and San Francisco.
FOX Sports Net reaches more than 68 million home nationwide and serves as the first truly national, regional, and local supplier of sports programming.
Jay dela Cruz
FOX Sports Bay Area