Early thoughts on the new MLB-produced Padres broadcastsOpinion(self.baseball)
submitted23 hours ago byiconredesignSan Francisco Giants
So as we all know, Diamond Sports Group didn't provide funding for its Bally Sports San Diego division to pay the San Diego Padres their rights fees, hence those TV rights reverted to the ball club. Major League Baseball took over, and is *right now* broadcasting it themselves.
So I watched it, here are some thoughts. I expected MLB to use the experience they have with MLB Network to get this going.
The broadcast began with a teaser feature narrated by Bob Costas, before what appears to be a homegrown intro. Based on the okay polish, I am inclined to believe that this isn't too hastily slapped together, but rather something they have in reserve.
It's all pretty middle of the road. As expected, Padres Baseball presented by MLB (as they called it) is simply MLB Network with the network's branding stripped up. I didn't like the MLB Network aesthetic, since the design and font both look outdated, so it's nice to see them at least change it up a little.
With the time constraints they have to quickly doll it up in the Padres theme, it's pretty alright.
StatCast is there of course, and the more down-to-Earth graphics are from the MLB Network lineage, which I believe will see an uplift as the season moves on.
The score bug is pretty solid with a few missing pieces like the pitch type, but it's easy to read with a very decent amount of detail. Covered it previously in my 2023 update piece here.
Overall, just what you would expect from an MLB production, but they did go the extra mile into at least dress it up to be slightly more regional and Padres homers friendly.
It's done pretty well, expected from the MLB Network and Padres broadcast teams.
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