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TV Coverage of Brewers’ Spring Training Improves

(Hank's ready for some baseball.)

I wrote about the TV coverage of the Milwaukee Brewers during Spring Training last year around this time, and wow: that looks depressing now.  There were only five games broadcast on each MLB Network and Fox Sports Wisconsin, and none until March 11!  This year the coverage has improved dramatically, with MLB Network airing over 200 total MLB spring games (up from ~150) and FS Wisconsin airing 16 featuring the Brew Crew.  That’s more than triple the amount of games shown from one year ago on FS Wisconsin.  Pretty incredible.  This will really help reduce the effects of my deep winter madness. 

There are also 18 Brewers games available via the MLB.TV package, which I plan to utilize this year for the first time.  The MLB.TV spring coverage includes two games not shown by either MLB Network or FS Wisconsin; otherwise they are all the same games.  In other words, if you’re in the FS Wisconsin zone and receive that channel, you’re pretty much good to go.  For those who do not get FS Wisconsin, MLB.TV appears to be a great way to get access in a timely fashion to Brewers games.  I live outside of the Brewers’ market so the only way I can see Brewers games is through a cable package like Extra Innings or through a MLB.TV package.  MLB.TV looks to be cheaper and more versatile than Extra Innings.

In the past I’ve had the Extra Innings deal, but this year I’m thinking of going the MLB.TV route because you can connect your account to various devices on which to access games (PlayStation and other game consoles, computers, phones, etc), and the spring training coverage is presented live and can be accessed at any time via their archive.  With the MLB Network spring training broadcasts, the Brewers often get pushed into the wee hours of the morning and played in a ‘previously recorded’ fashion.  Having to record a game that’s on at 2AM via DVR and then watch it the next day (after the result is often known unless you’re careful) is not as convenient as being able to produce spring training games (or regular season, for that matter) on demand as one can with MLB.TV powers.  With the MLB.TV archive, there’s no need to record the game, so I won’t have to bother with DVR-ing Brewers games from day to day, as I did with Extra Innings.

Since I don’t know personally how well the MLB.TV service works and what the quality is, I won’t comment on that.  I will just point out when the games are broadcast on the various networks:

 

DATE

MLB TV (18 GAMES)

MLB NETWORK (16)

FS WI (16)

SAT MAR 1

205 CT (LAD)

 

205 CT (LAD)

SUN MAR 2

 

2AM CT DELAY (LAD REPLAY)

 

MON MAR 3

205 CT (CUBS)

4 CT DELAY (CUBS REPLAY)

205 CT (CUBS)

WED MAR 5

205 CT (A'S)

 

205 CT (A'S)

THURS MAR 6

205 CT (ROCKIES)

2AM CT DELAY (A'S REPLAY)

205 CT (ROCKIES)

FRI MAR 7

205 CT (PADRES)

3AM CT DELAY (ROCKIES REPLAY)

205 CT (PADRES)

SAT MAR 8

205 CT (ROYALS)

12AM CT DELAY (PADRES REPLAY), 3PM CT DELAY (ROYALS)

205 CT (ROYALS)

SUN MAR 9

305 CT (INDIANS)

 

305 CT (INDIANS)

MON MAR 10

305 CT

(WHITE SOX)

6 AM CT DELAY (INDIANS REPLAY), 305 CT LIVE (WHITE SOX)

305 CT

(WHITE SOX)

WED MAR 12

305 CT (LAA)

 

305 CT (LAA)

THURS MAR 13

 

9AM CT DELAY (LAA REPLAY)

 

FRI MAR 14

305 CT (ARIZONA)

305 CT LIVE (ARIZONA)

305 CT (ARIZONA)

SAT MAR 15

305 CT (REDS)

305 CT LIVE (REDS)

305 CT (REDS)

MON MAR 17

305 CT

(WHITE SOX)

 

305 CT

(WHITE SOX)

TUES MAR 18

305 CT (RANGERS)

6 AM CT DELAY (WHITE SOX REPLAY)

305 CT (RANGERS)

WED MAR 19

 

12AM CT DELAY (RANGERS REPLAY)

 

THURS MAR 20

310 CT (ROCKIES)

 

 

FRI MAR 21

 

9AM CT DELAY (ROCKIES REPLAY)

 

SAT MAR 22

305 CT (LAA)

 

305 CT (LAA)

TUES MAR 25

305 CT (GIANTS)

305 CT LIVE (GIANTS)

305 CT (GIANTS)

THURS MAR 27

305 CT (REDS SS)

305 CT LIVE (REDS SS)

305 CT (REDS SS)

FRI MAR 28

710 CT (ROYALS)

 

 

So much baseball to warm the soul long before winter leaves us.  This makes me happy.

Nick Michalski

About Nick Michalski

Nick Michalski is the managing editor and a writer at TheBrewersBar.com; he has also written for WISports.com, IrishAmericanPost.com and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @MichalskiNick.

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