SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Former Oakland A's pitcher Ron Darling has been named the new pregame show co-host for Fox Sports Net's A's telecasts. The announcement was made today by Ted Griggs, Vice President of Programming and Operations, FSN Bay Area.
Darling will join A's announcer Glen Kuiper for 15 A's pregame shows this season. Each show will provide fans with commentary, features, and in-depth coverage of the game.
A veteran of 13 seasons (1983-1995), Darling pitched for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, and A's. While playing for the Mets, he pitched in the 1985 All-Star Game and was a member of the 1986 World Series Championship team. Darling played the last five years of his career with the A's and has been a contributor to FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period.
|Monday, April 5 Texas vs. A's||7:00 PM|
|Friday, April 23||Anaheim vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Tuesday, May 4||NY Yankees vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Friday, May 7||Minnesota vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Friday, June 11||Pittsburgh vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Friday, June 25||San Francisco vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Tuesday, June 29||Anaheim vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Friday, July 23||Texas vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Tuesday, July 27||Seattle vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Friday, August 13||Kansas City vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Monday, August 23||Baltimore vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Friday, August 27||Tampa Bay vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Monday, September 6||Boston vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Tuesday, September 28||Seattle vs. A's||6:30 PM|
|Friday, October 1||Anaheim vs. A's||6:30 PM|
FSN begins its 75 game schedule of the 2003 AL West Champion A's against Texas Rangers in their home opener on Monday, April 5. FSN's A's telecast schedule are nine match-ups against division rivals Anaheim Angels (April 17, 23, 24; June 21, 23, 29, 30; September 25; and October 1) and seven with the Seattle Mariners (April 10, 11, 21; July 21, 27; and September 28, 29), five contests with the New York Yankees (April 28, 29; May 4, 5; and August 4), and three games against the Baltimore Orioles (August 23, 24, 25).
FSN Bay Area reaches more than 3.6 million households in Northern California and Northern Nevada. FSN Bay Area's programming includes Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants baseball, Golden State Warriors basketball, San Jose Sharks hockey, San Jose Earthquakes soccer, Best Damn Sports Show Period, Beyond the Glory, and NASCAR. FSN Bay Area is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks.
Rainbow Sports Networks is a division of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Fox Sports Net reaches more than 80 million households nationwide and is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings LLC and Fox Entertainment Group. Rainbow Sports Networks incorporates Rainbow's 50% ownership in Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports National Advertising and the ownership and management of Fox Sports Net regional networks in five of the nation's largest markets: Chicago, San Francisco, New England, Ohio and Florida.