Major League Baseball will take over production and distribution for all locally distributed San Diego Padres games beginning Wednesday, May 31 when the Padres take on the Miami Marlins at 6:40 pm ET/3:40 pm Pacific. The new arrangement, which gives fans the option to watch on TV or stream digitally, expands the reach of Padres games from approximately 1.13 billion households to approximately 3.264 million households in the Padres’ home television territory. . The increase of 2,131 million homes marks a +189% jump in reach.
Starting May 31, fans in the Padres’ home television territory will be able to watch the games on linear television listed as San Diego Padres on the following channels:
As a result of the new agreement, Padres fans can now get a new direct-to-consumer streaming subscription for $19.99 per month or $74.99 for the remainder of the season by signing up for MLB.TV. This offer is only for Padres fans in the Club’s Local Television Territory and is a separate service from the out-of-market MLB.TV package. By offering a direct-to-consumer streaming option on MLB.TV on Club territory for the first time, MLB is able to lift the blackout for Padres games previously distributed on Bally Sports San Diego. Fans can also find more information on the availability of Padres games at Padres.com/tunein.
To make the transition as convenient as possible for fans, Padres games through Sunday, June 4 will be available for free with the MLB login at MLB.com, Padres.com and on the MLB apps. on mobile and connected devices.
“As previously stated by Commissioner Manfred, Major League Baseball stands ready to produce and distribute Padres games to fans throughout Padres territory,” said Noah Garden, MLB chief revenue officer. “While we are disappointed that Diamond Sports Group has not honored its contractual agreement with the Club, we are taking this opportunity to reinvent the distribution model, eliminate blackouts at local games, improve telecasting and expand the reach of Padres games. by more than 2 million homes.”
“Through the power of Major League Baseball and the Padres, we are working to improve the game broadcast experience for all Padres fans,” said Billy Chambers, MLB Executive Vice President, Local Media. “New technology, better image quality and increased access are just some of the things we are working on to better tell the story every night.”
“We’ve been preparing for this groundbreaking moment,” Padres CEO Erik Greupner said. “The Padres are excited to be the first team to partner with Major League Baseball to offer a direct-to-consumer broadcast option through MLB.TV without blackouts while preserving our in-market distribution through traditional cable television providers and satelite. Our fans will now have unprecedented access to Padres games across digital and traditional platforms throughout San Diego and beyond.”
The Padres’ main television announcers Don Orsillo, Mark Grant and Bob Scanlan will continue in their current roles, while the 97.3 The Fan’s radio team will remain in place with Jesse Agler and Tony Gwynn Jr. announcing games from the cabin. Fans can continue to expect the highest quality Padres game broadcasts powered by Major League Baseball’s expertise in live game production and distribution. Since 2009, Major League Baseball has owned and operated the MLB Network, which has produced live games for 15 seasons, has been critically acclaimed for its content, and has won 41 National Sports Emmy Awards in 13 different categories. Major League Baseball was the first professional sports league to broadcast a regular-season game live on August 26, 2002. Last season, baseball fans streamed more than 11 billion minutes of live baseball games and content on MLB.TV, a record for the service. which is on track to break again in 2023.