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How Did Five Teams Get Shut Out of Fox Baseball Broadcasts For 2014?

With the release of the baseball broadcast schedules by Fox for their broadcast network and nascent FS1 property, a counting of appearances by the various teams yields some unsurprising results (e.g., the Yankees lead all teams with 11 appearances; the Cardinals lead Senior Circuit teams with ten).

But not all results are unsurprises.  Some are very surprising indeed, as you will see from this table shared with the world by the folks at Awful Announcing (click on the table to go to the article):

MLB on Fox-FS1 Appearances by Team 2014

Some surprises include the Indians, Pirates and Nationals all outpulling the star-laden Dodgers; and the Mets, non-contenders though they may be but still occupying the nation’s #1 DMA last we checked, represented by a single telecast along with the A’s and the Marlins.

But the most surprising factoid gleaned from the schedule is that fully 16.67% of all major league teams will not be appearing on a single telecast on either the FS1 network or the Fox broadcast network.  The absence of the Blue Jays from an American Broadcasting network can be rationalized, of course, and the Astros and Rockies expect to be various shades of awful and anonymous.  But the White Sox?  Even if they end up being a poor team, a complete whitewash of a #3 DMA major league ballclub is something of a surprise.  And both Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez will make no impact on the baseball ratings of national Fox telecasting entities at any point this season, as well.

Of course, in this world of baseball broadcast ubiquity via streaming and subscription packages, it’s not as though practically every game any of these five shut out teams play won’t be available in those forms anyway.  But what kind of statement does it make for so many teams to be unrepresented in this way?  It means either Fox puts so little stock in these franchises that they can’t risk broadcasting them at any point on their national networks, or perhaps it means that national or regional exposure on these networks means not much if not nothing anyway.