Sportsnet to Broadcast 2 Jays Spring Training Games

Tuesday was Mardi Gras, which can only mean one thing for baseball fans, spring training is just around the corner. The Toronto Blue Jays play their first game in 2012 on March 3 in Dunedin. Sportsnet will broadcast two Jays Sprint Training games on TV in 2012, while The Fan 590 will air others on the radio. Here is their press release.

Sportsnet today announced its Toronto Blue Jays 2012 Grapefruit League broadcast schedule, including 11 games on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, five games on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and two games on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

Television coverage gets underway on Sunday, Mar. 18 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific as the Jays host the Philadelphia Phillies in Dunedin, Florida. Sunday, April 1 marks Sportsnet’s second Blue Jays pre-season broadcast as the Blue Jays take on Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific. Buck Martinez will handle the play-by-play alongside analyst and former Blue Jay Pat Tabler.

Blue Jays fans can also catch 11 Grapefruit League games on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, with five of those games being broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Sportsnet 590 The Fan kicks off its Blue Jays pre-season schedule on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT, while Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s first broadcast is on Sunday, Mar. 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. MT. For all broadcasts on the Blue Jays Radio Network, Mike Wilner hosts the pre-game show while Jerry Howarth and Alan Ashby handle play-by-play and analysis, respectively.

From now through to Opening Day on April 5, Sportsnet Connected and sportsnet.ca will provide daily reports from Spring Training, including highlights, features, reports and player interviews. Sportsnet 590 The FAN will also provide bonus daytime coverage for Blue Jays fans with Jeff Blair and Stephen Brunt hosting the 9am – 12 noon talk show from Dunedin, Florida from March 12-16.

Sportsnet will also broadcast other MLB spring training games beginning with Phillies vs. Yankees on Sunday March 4. I’ll post their entire Spring Training schedule soon.

5 thoughts on “Sportsnet to Broadcast 2 Jays Spring Training Games

  1. Wow, a whole two games. I guess Rogers was too strapped for cash to bring Fielder here.

  2. two games is pathetic and disappointing. you would think they would pick up opposing teams feeds to let us see a few more games? isnt marketing part of spring training? coincidentally, last year, one of the spring training games on sportsnet was against the pirates, though that was in Bradenton. I was at that game. doesn’t look like i will be able to make it down for spring training this year.

  3. I believe they had 4 Spring Training games on TV last year, so a decrease in that is disappointing. Besides that, I think Sportsnet has done a great job of improving its overall baseball coverage. I have a couple questions for Josh, or anyone else:

    1) Will Sportsnet introduce a new scorebug in time for baseball season? Not a fan of the current one they use for hockey…
    2) Is there an MLB.tv subscription I can get exclusively for Spring Trainig? I go to their website and I see that included in the “MLB.tv premium” is 100 Spring Training games. Is there a separate subscription I could get to just see those 100 Spring Training games?

  4. Considering they just started using their current graphics package, I doubt that it will be changed. That said, last season the graphics were different to the rest of Sportsnet’s broadcasts, and for the most part, the graphics used at the Skydome and on television were one and the same. So you still have a chance.

    • I like the new graphics package, just not the scorebug. It’s too…. plain.

      Anyone have an answer to my second question?

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