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Schedule works against Cardinals September national television coverage

As the final month of the 2013 regular season nears, the national schedules for Major League Baseball telecasts from FOX Network, ESPN, MLB Network and TBS indicate just three St. Louis Cardinals games will be televised during the first two weeks of September.

All will air on MLB Network, with none on FOX, TBS or ESPN – at least so far.

To date, MLB Network has only announced its slate of games through September 14 as they undoubtedly want to monitor pennant races to guide their final two weeks of telecasts.

FOX’ national Saturday schedule of three games each on September 7 and 14 do not include St. Louis. The final two Saturday slates of games are yet to be selected.

ESPN has chosen seven contests through September 18. None of them are Cardinals games.

TBS has announced the first three of its Sunday afternoon games, on September 1, 8 and 15. The Cardinals were not selected for any of them.

St. Louis’ schedule over the final three weeks may work against them as their last six series of the regular season will be against clubs with losing records.

Of course, blackout restrictions will be in place when applicable. Still, out of market Cardinals fans who do not subscribe to one of the pay MLB packages will surely benefit.

Don’t forget that 26 of the 27 September contests will be on FOX Sports Midwest as usual. The one exception is the Sunday afternoon tilt at Milwaukee on September 22.

Also remember that as August concludes, both the Friday and Saturday games from Pittsburgh, August 30 and 31, are on the MLB Network slate.

So, here is what I have as of now for September. Do check back as I will share more information as it becomes available.

Monday, September 2 (1 p.m. ET) – MLB Network – Cardinals at Reds

This is the primary selection of two games, but will not be produced by MLB Network. The home Cincinnati feed will likely be used. Also on FOX Sports Midwest as usual.

Tuesday, September 3 (7 p.m. ET) – MLB Network – Cardinals at Reds

This is the secondary selection of two games, and will not be produced by MLB Network. The home Cincinnati feed will likely be used. Also on FOX Sports Midwest as usual.

Saturday, September 7 (7 p.m. ET) – MLB Network – Pirates at Cardinals

This is the primary selection of two games, but will not be produced by MLB Network. The home Cardinals feed will likely be used. Also on FOX Sports Midwest as usual.

Update: Sunday, September 22 (8 p.m. ET) – ESPN – Cards at Brewers

The afternoon game at Milwaukee has been moved to evening and added to the ESPN schedule. That was the one game previously uncovered by FOX Sports Midwest.

Update: Monday, September 23 (8 p.m. ET) – MLB Network – Nationals at Cardinals

This is the primary selection of two games, but will not be produced by MLB Network. The home Cardinals feed will likely be used. Also on FOX Sports Midwest as usual.

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26 Responses to “Schedule works against Cardinals September national television coverage”

  1. crdswmn says:

    Who is televising the September 22 game then?

      • crdswmn says:

        It’s not even on MLB. TV?

        • Brian Walton says:

          Yes. Thanks for making me clarify/correct my previous answer, which was from a Cardinals perspective. Because the 9/22 game is on FOX Sports Wisconsin, MLB.tv will undoubtedly pick up the Brewers feed. Much better than radio only.

          It could become the TBS game as well. Will probably not be moved to evening for ESPN.

          • crdswmn says:

            The question is, since FSMW isn’t broadcasting, will it still be blacked out in the Cardinals TV network?

            • Brian Walton says:

              Logically, I would say, “No, it should not be blacked out.” However, my worry is that since it is the only game the rest of the way not covered by FSM, MLB.tv may not lift the regular blackout for that one day only.

              One thing we have seen over and over is that the entire blackout situation is not viewer-friendly nor is MLB.tv support, in my experience. By the time you figure out that the game is blacked out, getting something done about it may be nearly impossible.

              Even worse would be the situation in which they assert the blackout is warranted, even though you have no other live viewing options. MLB.tv points out you can see it after the fact via archived broadcast – as if that is anywhere near the same. I am pretty sure I ran into that in the past.

              I hope I am worrying for nothing, but…

  2. blingboy says:

    The Memphis Redbirds site now has TBD instead of Martinez for tonight. Maybe he’s coming back.

  3. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    You might guess I know a little about the Brewers. …… Axeford?…… They were going to release him…….. He makes Bogg’s mechanical issues look appetizing…………….. they aren’t going to expose the kids……. Wacha included………….this is their excuse………….. pure salary bail.

  4. blingboy says:

    If Blazek is the PTBN, as rumored, when does he get put on waivers? What is the chance somebody puts in a claim to block the deal?

  5. blingboy says:

    Springfield’s rotation looks strong with Wacha, Martinez and Lyons on the roster. :)

  6. blingboy says:

    So, it looks like possibly the Cards put Blazek on waivers, the Brewers claimed, and a deal was subsequently worked out.

    It would be interesting to know if Mo had a deal with somebody that was blocked by the Brewers move.

    On the other hand, maybe the deal was with Milwaukee all along, and once the Marlins and Cubs had passes, the deal was good to go.

    I am not anti-Axford, like some people, but I think Mo succeeded in trying to fix something that wasn’t broke. Hopefully, Blazek isn’t the next Perez.

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      This is incorrect BB. They chose Blazek. The only way he could get there was through wavers if he was to play for them this year. Brewers are 3rd in the pecking order. Would the Cubs slow them down? Hell know. He will be pitching against SL. Marlins. Why? Brewers think he will be pitching for them this week.

  7. Brian Walton says:

    The 9/22 answer is now posted above.

  8. Brian Walton says:

    Tonight’s (Monday, 9/23) game has been picked up by MLB Network (outside of the Cardinals area).

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