Comcast SportsNet California or national television networks will broadcast all 162 regular season Oakland Athletics games this year as full television productions for the first time in franchise history, says Ken Pries, A's Vice President of Broadcasting and Communications. In 2015, all games were televised after CSN California and the A's agreed in May to air 13 day games as radio simulcasts and add two full scale television productions. (*See Feb. 15 correction on the historic nature of this decision at the end of this section)
CSN California will carry all games unless a national broadcast partner, such as Fox Sports, ESPN, TBS, or MLB Network, elects to produce the game instead. Games on CSN California will be full television productions with pre- and post-game shows.
Pries says a fullly produced 162 game schedule "is something we've been trying to work out to get on CSN for a number of years." He added, "We're looking at it from a fan's standpoint. We want to provide an opportunity for the fans to watch all the games." Last year's radio simulcasts of day games were "a way to get it for last year," Pries added, "and they put [full-scale productions] in their budget this year and it was approved."
Play-by-play man Glen Kuiper and analyst Ray Fosse return as the regular announcing team. Mark Mulder will also step into the analyst role for 20 games.
95.7 The Game enters its sixth year as the A's flagship station in the Bay Area, and will continue to carry all 162 regular season games with Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo on the call. Ray Fosse will join Korach and Cotroneo when Mulder is the analyst on CSN.
KIQI 1010AM and other stations from Eureka to Fresno will carry Spanish language broadcasts of weeknight and weekend home games. Amaury Pi-González and Manolo Hernández-Douen continue those broadcasts in their 23rd and 8th seasons, respectively.
A complete list of A's television channels and Oakland Athletics Radio Network affiliates is available from the A's website.
Correction (Feb. 15): A previous version of this article and its headline asserted that this was the first time that all 162 regular season games were to be televised in Oakland's broadcast market. This was incorrect. All 162 games were broadcast on television in the Oakland TV market in 2015, even those before CSN California agreed in May of that season to add radio simulcasts of previously unscheduled games.
The game on April 15 was added to the schedule and broadcast on CSN California Plus, an auxiliary channel used whenever CSN California has a programming conflict with another live event. The game on May 7 was broadcast on MLB Network in only the Oakland and Minnesota markets as a radio simulcast, as neither team's primary television partner broadcast that game.
This article has been updated to reflect this correction and to clarify that this is the first time all 162 games will be broadcast as a full television production in the Oakland market, whether on CSN California or by a national television partner. Thank you to Daniel Ormsby of Eye on Sky and Air Sports for the information leading to this correction.
Spring broadcast schedule
According to the 2016 Oakland A's Media Guide (opens 15.4 MB PDF), the CSN California television schedule for spring training has just one game on the schedule originating from Arizona, the Monday, March 14 game against the Giants at 7:05 PM PDT/MST (Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time).
Opposing team broadcasts will be televised on MLB Network either live or as a replay. All spring television broadcasts are available live without blackouts to MLB.TV subscribers.
CSN California will also carry the final game of the Bay Bridge exhibition series from the Coliseum on Saturday, April 2 at 1:05 PM Pacific Time. The two games originating from AT&T Park will be shown on CSN Bay Area with the Giants television crew.
95.7 The Game has 12 preseason games on its radio schedule. It will broadcast the Saturday and Sunday weekend games except for one of the split-squad games on Saturday, March 19. It also will carry the Monday, March 14 night game against the Giants, and all three games of the exhibition Bay Bridge series from AT&T Park and the Coliseum.
Most remaining games will be webcast at athletics.com with Donny Baarns at the microphone once again, though some split squad games may only be covered by an opponent's broadcast or not at all.