It was until the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961, that antitrust laws barred "pooled rights" TV contracts negotiated with a central league broadcasting authority.In 1953, ABC earned an 11.4 rating for their Game of the Week telecasts. In the rest of the United States, 3 in 4 TV sets in use watched Dizzy Dean) retaining Dean/Blattner and Mc Colgan/Finnegan as the announcing crews (as well as Gene Kirby, who produced the Dean/Blattner games and alternated with them on play-by-play) and adding Sunday coverage in 1957. Now teams begged for "Game"'s cash." In 1959, ABC broadcast the best-of-three playoff series used to start many of their Saturday home games late in the afternoon.From baseball's annual Winter Meetings outside of Washington, D.C., Under Armour, Fanatics and MLB announced a 10-year partnership that named the global performance brand as the official uniform provider to MLB, marking Under Armour's first professional league uniform deal.It was on that particular date that on W2XBS (an experimental television station in New York City which would ultimately become NBC's flagship station, WNBC), the first-ever Major League Baseball game was televised.With Red Barber announcing, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds played a doubleheader at Ebbets Field.ABC wondered how exactly the Game of the Week would reach television in the first place and who would notice if it did?
As presently the only MLB team in Canada, all Blue Jays games are also aired nationally in that country.ABC also needed paid programming or "anything for bills" as Scherick put it.At first, ABC hesitated at the idea of a nationally televised regular season baseball program.Fanatics, a global leader of licensed sports merchandise, will be granted broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of Under Armour and Fanatics fan gear, which includes jerseys at retail, name and number products and postseason apparel.Under Armour and Fanatics expect to offer an assortment of new fan apparel and accessories at retail, prior to the 2020 season.
From 1996 to 2000, the network's league coverage was reduced to postseason games (three Division Series games in prime time, the American League Championship Series in even-numbered years, and the National League Championship Series and World Series in odd-numbered years), as well as the All-Star Game in even-numbered years (during years when NBC did not hold the rights to the World Series).