Fox has released their schedule of MLB broadcasts for the 2013 season. This includes nine Saturday primetime games, as well as the annual All-Star Game on July 16.
And just when you thought Fox had scheduled way too many New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox matchups, think again.
By the way, during the 2010 season – the year the Yankees defended their last world championship in vain – only two Yankees/Red Sox broadcasts aired on Fox.
It’s no secret that there is a bitter rivalry between these two teams, and that will likely translate into some ratings magic for Fox.
But heading into a year where the Yankees are expected to have a vanilla offense, with their biggest stars, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, coming off injuries and/or steroid buzz, and the Red Sox are fresh off firing their manager after one season, one would argue that there would be less Yankees/Red Sox games shown on Fox, at least for the 2013 season (after all, it was done just three years ago).
So how did Fox and MLB manage to muster an additional matchup? The network usually carries at least one game of the annual regular-season “Subway Series” between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets, with Fox carrying one Saturday contest from each series at Yankee Stadium and CitiField for at least the last two years. But since MLB decided this year that they would shoehorn two three-game “home and home” weekend series into a four-game weekday slate – Fox doesn’t carry regular season MLB games during the week – that frees up more options, and more teams to be spotlighted on Fox.
In fact, guess which two teams, other than the Red Sox, are scheduled to make a maximum of nine Saturday appearances on Fox? If you guessed the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds, then you likely cheated and read Fox’s post in full before reaching this point.
Still, the fact that there is going to be even more Yankees/Red Sox action on Fox this year than usual, given the hardships and changes that both clubs will be facing this season, just proves my point that Fox really likes the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry.
They like it a lock.