MLB Network to Air Postseason Games5/17/2012 2:28 PM Eastern
MLB Network will air playoff games for the first time in its history this fall.
Major League Baseball's expanded postseason has created an opportunity for the league-owned network to add a pair of playoff games to its slate. MLB Network will air two games from the Divisional Round -- which is now the second round of the playoffs -- while TBS, which has held exclusive Division Series rights, gains coverage of both Wildcard Round games.
MLB Network gets those games for both the 2012 and 2013 postseason.
"We applaud Major League Baseball on their decision to expand postseason eligibility and we're excited to build upon our long-standing partnership with MLB by adding these highly anticipated exclusive Wildcard games to our postseason coverage on TBS," said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "We believe the additional single-elimination Wildcard spots will build upon the popularity of the sport and will serve as a great launching pad for our Division Series and ALCS coverage on TBS."
MLB expanded its postseason to add an extra teams from both the American and National league, giving each two wildcard teams. Those teams will face off in a one-game playoff to advance to the Division Round.
"The new format will create two compelling Wildcard match-ups for fans that will begin our postseason with unprecedented pressure and implications," said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. "We are confident that TBS will provide outstanding coverage and promotion of the games. I am also very pleased that this arrangement allows for MLB Network to air postseason games for the first time. MLB Network has done a remarkable job with its live game coverage and I am certain that its extraordinary work will continue as it produces postseason games."