However, it's understandable that the season has condensed into a tighter schedule, which means more baseball in less time. After airing a series of three weekend games between the Phillies and the Giants last season, streaming service Peacock signed a regular deal for a new Sunday morning package. It is the second longest work stoppage in baseball history after the 1994-95 players' strike (232 days). In addition, MLB recently announced that the final day of the regular season will now take place on Wednesday, October 5.Under the new CBA, there will be a universal designated hitter, and the postseason will also be expanded to 12 teams.
For three of the last four seasons, MLB tried to get all 30 clubs to play on the same opening day for three of the last four seasons. During the first 12 weeks of the season, the games will be free, after that time, fans will have to pay for Apple TV+ to watch the games. Missed games will recover later in the season as part of double games, days off, etc. In all likelihood, that match will be postponed and recovered at a later date, and the two clubs will begin their seasons with a new series on April 8.ALDS and ALCS, will be broadcast on TBS, while the rest of the National League postseason will be broadcast mainly on Fox and FS1, which include the NLDS (most games) and the NLCS exclusively.
The sport played its first season with more than 100 games in 1884 (11) and increased to 154 games in 1892.ESPN will continue to air the national opening night game, which this year will air on ESPN2 due to ESPN covering the Masters on the main network, and 25 exclusive Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts, as well as Home Run Derby and other select broadcasts. Fox Sports renewed its television rights for regular season games for both the Fox main network and FS1.As you can imagine, it would have been a big task to place the full 2430 games on the regular season schedule, to that end the league has placed 31 double games on the calendar. Baseball hasn't had a work stoppage since a 7-and-a-half-month strike in 1994-95 that led to the first World Series cancellation in 90 years. With the landlord-implemented lockdown that lasted almost 100 days finally in the major leagues, baseball can finally get going.