MLB Network is on its way beginning this January 1st, and it’s trying to capitalize on some areas that the NFL Network struggled to succeed in. The network has already signed on-air talent such as Harold Reynolds, Al Leiter and will look to snag Bob Costas.
The MLB Network on Wednesday announced the hiring of several well-known broadcasters and analysts, including former Fox Sports host Matt Vasgersian, former New England Sports Network reporter Hazel Mae and former major leaguers Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter. The network expects to have 1,400 hours of live programming in its first year, including at least six hours of highlights and analysis each evening during the baseball season. Eventually, it will show live and archived games, plus special “hot stove” programming during the offseason.
The chance is there for this network to be huge. We’ve got some awesome suggestions, but they’re not getting those out of us for nothing. We’ll wait for them to read Diamond Hoggers and see what they think. Instead of a game of the week like the NFL Network does, why not a game of the night featuring the most captivating matchup on the MLB slate of games each night during the week? Leave the saturday and sunday games alone because of FOX’s saturday baseball and ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball; go the whole week or use Friday as your make or break game if you must only use 1 night a week. That creates a problem because some might not stay in on a friday night to watch baseball.
Then again anyone who buys a premium network with 6 hours of highlights simultaneously every night during the regular season might just be convinced to do just that.