The BBC has announced that it is going to broadcast the Red Sox-Yankees game this Saturday as part of a new five-year deal with MLB.
The BBC now airs regular-season games each season, ‘tailored to appeal to both existing and new baseball fans’ in the UK. The MLB Network-produced game will be shown live on BBC iPlayer.
The deal includes commentary from broadcaster Melanie Newman, former Yankees star CC Sabathia and musician and podcast host Felix White.
The BBC also announced that it is going to release a short film which shows White’s visit, earlier this year, to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox play the Yankees.
“I think if people are really into baseball from England, [Newman and Sabathia] are going to be able to provide that, and it will just feel like a really high-quality broadcast,” White commented.
“The thing that I am hoping to deliver really is how it feels to me, on an instinctive level, and then trying to communicate questions that someone watching it for the first time might have.”
Furthermore, Yankees reported that the weekend in Boston helped White prepare for his new role as a baseball TV commentator.
“I’m hoping that I can just really enjoy it. I have the rare privilege of being sat next to CC Sabathia and ask him anything I want. We’ll see where we get to,” he added.
In 2019, BBC Sport partnered with Major League Baseball to broadcast the MLB London Series between the Red Sox and Yankees.
As part of the new deal, the BBC will air the 2023 London Series between the Cardinals and Cubs in June as well as future London Series in 2024 and 2026.