About the Network TV Broadcasts Database

Columns:

  • A: ID = Order in which game was added to database. Doubles as a chronological numbering of network broadcasts.
  • B: Date = Date of game (Eastern time).
  • C: Time = Scheduled beginning of broadcast. Eastern time.
  • D: Network = Primary network airing game. If a game was simulcast, regionally split between networks, or joined in progress, this is noted in column S.
  • E,F: Visitor, Home = The teams playing in the game.
  • G: Series = if this was a playoff or All-Star game, the series and game number. ASG = All-Star Game; WS = World Series; AL = ALCS; ALD = ALDS; ALE/C/W = division tiebreaker; ALWC = wild-card.
  • H: Cleared = if blank, this was the only game televised by that network at that time. This is also a “national broadcast” in the counters.
  •  If multiple games were broadcast, this is a “regional window”; these are numbered sequentially. A given station receives only one game per regional window, even if there are multiple start times within that window.
  • I: Regional Index = Within a regional window, each game is numbered sequentially in the order it was added.
  • J,K: PBP = Play-by-play announcer(s)
  • L,M: Color = Color commentator(s)
  • N,O,P: Field = Field-level reporter(s)
  • Q: StaCode = Retrosheet code for the stadium in which the game was played.
  • R: Stadium = Name of stadium in which game was played.
  • S: Notes = Pertinent information not appearing elsewhere

Local telecasts picked up by national networks are not included, since these are local broadcasts rather than impartial national ones. Exception: Local telecasts used as alternate games in areas where the main game is blacked out are included, since the intent of the network is still to show baseball nationally. This includes several cases where the alternate game became a national broadcast because the main game was rained out.

Much of the historical data contained in this spreadsheet was compiled by Tim Brulia and hosted at the506.com; it is used by permission granted April 30, 2013. (Same agreement granted permission to introduce football spreadsheet to Professional Football Research Association.)

The spreadsheet itself containing the data was compiled by Tony Miller.

LAST UPDATED: June 23, 2015.

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