FOX SPORTS ROLLS INTO 2023 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC
WITH GLOBAL TOURNAMENT OPENER SET FOR MARCH 7
Team USA Opens Pool Play vs. Great Britain March 11 on FOX
All Tournament Games to Air Across FOX, FS1, FS2, FOX Deportes
and Tubi in English and Spanish
LOS ANGELES - FOX Sports takes the hill for the opening of the World Baseball Classic (WBC), with the first game of the premier international baseball tournament - Cuba vs. Netherlands in Pool A play - set for Tuesday, March 7, from Taiwan's Taichung Intercontinental Stadium at 11:00 PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports streaming services.
Team USA, featuring MLB All-Stars Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Tim Anderson, Trea Turner, Will Smith, Adam Wainwright and many others, makes its WBC debut Saturday, March 11, from Phoenix's Chase Field against Pool C opponent Great Britain at 9:00 PM ET on FOX.
Joe Davis, the voice of FOX MLB, joins first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and Sports Emmy winner John Smoltz in the booth for the Team USA opener. Emmy Award-winning reporter Ken Rosenthal reports from the field.
"What a fantastic way to build excitement around the 2023 baseball season, with the best players in the world facing off for pride of country," said Mark Silverman, FOX Sports President and COO. "Wearing their country's flag on their jerseys means a lot, raises the stakes and creates memorable moments on and off the field for the television audience."
Number of Games: Exclusive coverage of all 47 tournament games across FOX (3 games), FS1 (23), FS2 (18), FOX Deportes (29), Tubi (3), and the FOX Sports app in the U.S.
· First Game: Tuesday, March 7, 11:00 PM ET - Cuba vs. Netherlands at Taichung Intercontinental Stadium (FS1/FOX Deportes)
· First Team USA Game: Saturday, March 11, 9:00 PM ET - Great Britain vs. USA at Chase Field (FOX)
· Championship Game: Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 PM ET from loanDepot park (FS1/FOX Deportes)
· Teams: Pool A - Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, Cuba, Italy, Panama; Pool B - Japan, Korea, Australia, China, Czech Republic; Pool C - USA, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Great Britain; Pool D - Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Israel, Nicaragua
· Game Locations: Tokyo Dome (Japan), Taichung Intercontinental Stadium (Taiwan), Chase Field (Phoenix) and loanDepot park (Miami)
WBC rosters include more than 60 MLB All-Stars, 180-plus players on 40-man rosters and more than 300 players under contract with big league teams according to MLB. There are eight Major League MVPs in Paul Goldschmidt, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Clayton Kershaw, Jose Altuve and Miguel Cabrera. Of note, 16 of the top 18 finishers for the 2022 NL MVP and six of the top 10 finishers for the 2022 AL MVP are scheduled to participate in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, with the reigning Nippon Professional Baseball MVP Munetaka Murakami and Korea Baseball Organization MVP Jung-Hoo Lee also on lineup cards.
Operated by MLB and the MLBPA and sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, the World Baseball Classic will be contested on fields in Japan, Taiwan and the U.S., and wraps up with semifinal games at loanDepot park March 19-20 and the championship game in Miami on Tuesday, March 21.
FOX Deportes presents a total of 29 live World Baseball Classic games beginning on Tuesday, March 7 with the opening game between Cuba and the Netherlands. The network's top baseball talent lineup, including announcers Adrian Garcia-Marquez and Carlos Alvarez and analysts Edgar Gonzalez and Jaime Motta, calls all games. Gonzalez played for Mexico in the 2009 and 2013 editions of the WBC and managed Mexico in 2017. WBC coverage also will appear on the network's main studio shows: EL ENTRETIEMPO and TOTAL SPORTS 360.
FOX SPORTS DIGITAL
FOX Sports' digital and social platforms are home to the most comprehensive online content surrounding the 2023 World Baseball Classic on FOX. The FOX Sports app, FOXSports.com and @MLBonFOX social channels offer unparalleled access to the network's lineup of experts and analysts, plus exclusive game highlights and more.
Beginning Wednesday, March 8, daily episodes of FOX Sports' original digital franchise FLIPPIN BATS WITH BEN VERLANDER will stream live across FOX Sports digital and social channels. Ben Verlander and co-host Alex Curry will serve up recaps and previews throughout the tournament, complete with the best reaction, analysis and conversations with pre- and post-shows live from the field during the Semifinals and Championship in Miami. All the best clips and highlights from each show can be found across the FOX Sports App and FOXSports.com, as well as @MLBonFOX social channels.
Some of baseball's most engaging online voices, including Verlander Pedro Moura, Jake Mintz, Jordan Shusterman, Deesha Thosar and Rowan Kavner will enhance the network's comprehensive coverage with timely written storytelling and analysis.
Live streaming of FOX Sports programming, including exclusive presentation of the World Baseball Classic, is available on the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com.
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About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports' digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports' portfolio are FOX's interests in joint-venture business Big Ten Network, a licensing and commercial relationship with The Stars Group that created the FOX Bet sports betting platform and the FOX Sports Super 6 free-to-play game, and a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.
About World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), as the sport's official National Team World Championship, and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories. More than 3.4 million fans from all over the world have attended the tournament games, held in March 2006, March 2009, March 2013 and March 2017. Team USA is the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion after beating runner-up Puerto Rico during its 2017 championship run, joining previous tournament champions Team Japan (2006 and 2009) and Team Dominican Republic (2013). The 2023 World Baseball Classic will again feature the world's greatest baseball-playing countries and territories.