Fox Sports has announced their MLB schedule for the 2015 season on Fox and Fox Sports 1 and to the surprise of no one, the coverage will be dominated by large market teams and 2014 playoff teams.
The season kicks off on April 11th with (what else?) Red Sox-Yankees at 1 PM on Fox Sports 1. That game is followed up with a 9 PM ALDS rematch between the Royals and Angels. On April 18th, the Yankees and Red Sox are both featured once again, but playing other teams – the Red Sox host the Orioles at 4, and the Yankees take on the Rays at 7. The Yankees are featured for the third straight Saturday on April 25th against the Mets, but won’t be back on Fox’s airwaves until June 6th.
26 of the 30 MLB teams are represented on Fox’s schedule this season. The four teams that aren’t featured are the Blue Jays, Astros, Rockies, and Padres. San Diego’s omission is the lone surprising one, simply because of the fact their games are aired on a Fox RSN and because the team had an incredibly active offseason that should make them a much more watchable team this year.
Which teams show up the most on Fox’s airwaves? Well, the Yankees and Cardinals, of course. They’ll be on 11 times apiece this year. But hey, the Royals will be on ten times! The Braves get eight nods. The Tigers and Angels each get seven. No other team appears more than six times, the maximum total for a team without a contract with a Fox RSN.
None of this is all that surprising. Fox and ESPN will bleed the large market stone until its dry. I’m just pleasantly surprised to see Royals getting a lot more love this year, but monstrous local ratings and a miraculous World Series run will do that.