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Baseball’s Official Broadcast Networks in 1991
Posted By Carson Cistulli On May 29, 2012 @ 1:38 pm In Old News | 3 Comments
What follows is a table containing all 26 major-league teams from 1991 and their corresponding broadcast networks — both the over-the-air (OTA) and cable varieties.
Why anyone would compile such a list* is likely a bit mysterious to the reader. In point of fact, it’s mysterious to the author, as well.
*Via the individual 1991 team pages at Wikipedia, it should be mentioned.
The reason I began compiling it — this past Sunday, on my couch, sweating in ways that shouldn’t be swat in — is because I had some intention of finding visual artifacts like the one at the top of this post. What such videos lack in aesthetic virtue, they make up for by reminding us that sideburns of any description were, at one point, illegal in this country.
The reason I continued to compile this list is because, in so doing, I was reminded that the majority of major-league teams, in 1991, were still broadcasting the majority of their games on local, over-the-air networks. Dedicated sporting cable channels certainly existed, but it appears as though a plurality of them both/either (a) required a subscription fee over and above basic cable fees and/or (b) didn’t broadcast as many games as their OTA counterparts.
In any case, as I say: this largely pointless endeavor — unlike many of life’s other pointless endeavors — provided something of substance. “A rousing success,” is what I’m prepared to call it.
Here’s the aforementioned list of baseball’s official broadcast networks from 1991. Feel free to note any inaccuracies (as if it’ll matter!).
|Atlanta Braves||WTBS||TBS Superstation, SportsSouth|
|Baltimore Orioles||WMAR-TV||Home Team Sports|
|Boston Red Sox||WSBK-TV||NESN|
|California Angels||KTLA||SportsChannel Los Angeles|
|Chicago Cubs||WGN-TV||Superstation WGN|
|Chicago White Sox||WGN-TV||SportsChannel Chicago|
|Cincinnati Reds||WLWT||SportsChannel Ohio|
|Cleveland Indians||WUAB||SportsChannel Ohio|
|Kansas City Royals||WDAF-TV||N/A|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||KTTV||SportsChannel Los Angeles|
|Minnesota Twins||WCCO-TV, KITN||Midwest Sports Channel|
|Montreal Expos||CBC, CTV||The Sports Network|
|New York Mets||WWOR-TV||SportsChannel New York|
|New York Yankees||WPIX||MSG|
|Oakland Athletics||KPIX-TV, KICU-TV||Sports Channel Bay Area|
|Philadelphia Phillies||WTXF-TV||PRISM, SportsChannel Philadelphia|
|San Diego Padres||KUSI-TV||Cox Cable|
|San Francisco Giants||KTVU||SportsChannel Bay Area/Pacific|
|Seattle Mariners||KSTW-TV, KIRO-TV||N/A|
|St. Louis Cardinals||KPLR-TV||N/A|
|Toronto Blue Jays||CFTO-TV||The Sports Network|
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