FOX Sports Florida has announced that they will be broadcasting four Marlins Spring Training games this coming March. FSFlorida will also be doing a dual commentary with other FOX Sports teams, including Sun Sports and FOX Sports Midwest, meaning the two sides will work together on-screen when providing play-by-play and commentary.
This is currently the schedule set by FOX Sports Florida:
March 13 ———- 1PM (EST) ———- Washington Nationals at Florida Marlins
March 15 ———- 1PM (EST) ———- Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays ———- with Sun Sports (Rays announcers) & FOX Sports Florida (Marlins announcers) — airs on both FOX Sports Florida and Sun Sports
March 20 ———- 1PM (EST) ———- New York Mets at Florida Marlins
March 26 ———- 1PM (EST) ———- St. Louis Cardinals at Florida Marlins ———- with FOX Sports Midwest (Cardinals announcers) & FOX Sports Florida (Marlins announcers) — airs on both FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Midwest
I have contacted several television providers. DirecTV and Comcast have responded, saying these broadcasts will only be for Florida residents who receive FOX Sports Florida; meaning the MLB Extra Innings package will not provide Spring Training games. But, if you’re out of state, I suggest you check your local FOX Sports channel to see if they will be broadcasting Spring Training games between a local team and the Fish.
Lucky for me, I’ll be able to watch the dual-commentary March 26th when the Marlins battle the Cardinals since it will be broadcasting on FOX Sports Midwest, which I get locally in Indiana. So keep checking local teams for updates on televised Spring Training games!
In addition to this announcement, FOX Sports Florida has announced their Florida Marlins programs, some of which will routinely be shown throughout the season and commonly during rain delays:
“Florida Marlins Hot Stove Report” – single episode, which will showcase the Fish’s offseason moves. Premieres February 19 at 1PM EST.
“Florida Marlins Golf Tournament Special” – single episode, which features the Florida Marlins Community Foundation’s February golf tournament at Parkland Golf and Country Club with players, front office personnel and more. Premieres March 5, the time is still waiting to be announced.
“Florida Marlins Season Preview” – single episode, which will preview the upcoming 2011 season. Premieres March 20 at 12:30PM EST.
Inside The Marlins – the series returns with seven brand new episodes, shown throughout the baseball season. Broadcasts in High Definition.
Billy’s Bunch – the series designed for kids, along with the classic Billy The Marlin, will teach kids the fundamentals of baseball, go in-depth with some players, and provide an overall entertaining experience for the family. First episode is set to air on April 9 at 11AM EST, five other brand-new episodes will air on the first Saturday of every month at 11AM.