- List of American League Division Series broadcasters
The following is a list of the
television networks and announcers who have covered the American League Division Seriesthroughout the years.
NBCwas caught in the dilemma of having to televise a first round playoff game between the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics over the first presidential debate between George W. Bushand Al Gore. NBC decided to give its local stations the option of carrying the debate or the baseball game. If the NBC affiliate decided to carry the debate, then local Pax affiliate could carry the game. However, if there was no Pax availability and the local NBC affiliate aired the debate (which actually occurred in most NBC affiliates), then that market was shut out of the baseball telecast. Skip Carayfilled-in for Bob Costason NBC's coverage of the 2000 New York-Oakland Division Series because Costas had just finished anchoring NBC's prime timecoverage of the Summer Olympic Games from Sydney, Australia. Meanwhile, NBC used Bob Wischusenas a field reporter (filling-in for Jim Gray, who like Bob Costas, was covering the Sydney Olympics) for Game 1 of the ALDS.
*In 1981, as means to recoup revenue lost during a players strike, Major League Baseball set up a special additional playoff round (as a prelude to the League Championship Series). ABC televised the American League Division Series while NBC televised the National League Division Series. The Division Series round wouldn't be officially instituted until 14 years later. Games 3 of the Brewers/Yankees series and Royals/Athletics series were aired regionally. On
October 10, Keith Jacksoncalled an Oklahoma-Texas college footballgame for ABC and missed Game 4 of the Milwaukee-New York series. In Jackson's absence, Don Drysdalefilled-in for him on play-by-play alongside Howard Cosell.
* [http://www.sportsbroadcasthistory.com/forums/index.php?topic=153.0 1969-1975 MLB postseason TV schedule/announcers]
* [http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/postseason/mlb_ds.jsp?feature=video Division Series Video]
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