Open is being contested with the nation's championship handed out to the victor of a massive field of mostly professionals along with some of the top amateurs and qualifiers in the country. And for the first time, it stands as the third major of the season now that the PGA Championship has taken place between it and the Masters.
Main article: Major League Baseball on television On August 28, , it was announced that ESPN and Major League Baseball had agreed on a new eight-year deal that greatly increases the network's studio and game content across all of its platforms.
The network will alternate airing the American League and National League wild-card games each year. It also will have the rights to all potential regular-season tiebreaker games starting in Under the new deals, Fox and TBS 's coverage would essentially be the same as in the — contract with the exception of Fox and TBS splitting coverage of the Division Series, which TBS has broadcast exclusively dating back to More importantly, Fox would carry some of the games such as the Saturday afternoon Game of the Week on its all-sports channel, Fox Sports 1.
On November 15, , Fox renewed its rights, set to expire in , through The contract maintains Fox's current coverage structure, but with expanded digital rights, and the commitment to air more games on the Fox broadcast network when the new deal takes effect.
For postseason only, TNT serves as an overflow channel.
All-Star festivities including the annual Home Run Derby. Airs any end of season tiebreaking games and one Wild Card Game.
Local television Main article: List of current Major League Baseball broadcasters Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the MLB team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally.
These broadcasters include both over-the-air television stations as well as regional sports networks This includes WGN-TV in Chicago, which until also aired its games on the WGN America national feed.
Games broadcast locally or regionally are available nationwide except those affected by local blackout restrictions on the subscription-based MLB. Local radio MLB teams also contract with local broadcasters to air games on radio.
Several teams have multiple affiliates covering those games. The flagship stations can air all games of the teams they contract with, other affiliates must allow ESPN radio coverage to air during the postseason.