Opening Night, your TV and radio lineup for the A’s will be much like last year, with the A’s televised on NBC Sports California (the rebranded CSN California) and found on the radio at 95.7 The Game. The A’s game is also the final game on the ESPN Networks’ Opening Day quadruple-header.
Beginning at 6:20, pregame ceremonies will honor Bill King, introduce the players, and dedicate the field as Rickey Henderson Field. These ceremonies, as well as the National Anthem performed by Joshua Henry from the musical “Hamilton,” will likely be broadcast during A’s Pregame Live.
For the first time, NBC Sports California TV subscribers can stream A’s games online and in-market by logging in through their cable or satellite TV provider. Personal computer users can visit http://stream.nbcsports.com/rsn/csn-california-athletics. Mobile device users can download the NBC Sports app. Give this a practice run, as Tuesday night’s Game #2 will be televised only via internet streaming due to conflicts with the San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, and Golden State Warriors taking up both of the main Bay Area NBC Sports networks and the one “Plus” overflow network.
New TV faces, expanded A’s pregame and postgame on NBC Sports California
A’s Pregame Live and A’s Postgame Live will expand from 30 minutes to one hour under the new NBC Sports California branding. The network is bringing Jose Canseco, Dave Stewart, and Dallas Braden aboard as new analysts to those broadcasts. Bip Roberts and Shooty Babbitt return as analysts as well.
NBC Sports California will carry 147 telecasts, with remaining games available either on a national network or as the visiting broadcast on MLB Network. Glen Kuiper is your play-by-play man on NBC Sports California, with Ray Fosse the analyst for 112 games and Mark Mulder for 35.
A’s home broadcasts will also feature roving in-game reporter Angela Sun. I’ll be interested in seeing whether Sun sticks to the area around the dugouts in more of a news gathering role on injuries and controversial plays, or ventures into the stands, Championship Plaza, and Shibe Park Tavern to bring an additional “voice of the fan” element to the broadcasts.
How to watch A’s vs. Angels Opening Night
- Pregame ceremonies: 6:20 p.m. Pacific Time
- First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
- TV: NBC Sports California (A’s Pregame Live at 6:00) / ESPN2
- Radio: 95.7 the Game / A’s Radio Network