The defending World Series’ champion and the defending winner of the AL West division will be shown on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball a combined one time.
Yes, you read that right.
ESPN released the first half of their 2013 Sunday Night Baseball schedule today, and the East Coast bias could not be any bigger.
They will air just one Giants’ game, at home against the Dodgers on May 5. So the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” will broadcast just one game of the “World Series Champions.” Hmm…
What’s even more infuriating is that even after winning 94 games and clinching the AL West in dramatic fashion last year, ESPN fails to acknowledge that a baseball team exists in Oakland, as the A’s were snubbed from Sunday Night Baseball.
In contrast, the second-place Rangers appear twice while the third-place Angels will be shown a whopping three times. Even the Astros are getting some love, as their game versus the Rangers on March 31st will be broadcast.
I can’t say that I’m surprised by ESPN’s lack of attention to the Bay Area, despite the immense success our baseball teams have had.
But hey, it’s all good ESPN: the Giants and A’s will get plenty of national TV time on TBS and FOX during the postseason.