|MLB on FS1|
|Also known as||MLB on FS1|
MLB on Fox Sports 1
|Starring||See MLB on Fox broadcasters|
|Theme music composer||NJJ Music (2020–present)|
Jochen Flach (2014–2019)
Scott Schreer (2014–2019)
|Opening theme||"MLB on Fox theme music" (2020–present)|
"NFL on Fox theme music" (2014–2019)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|Production locations||Various MLB stadiums (game telecasts)|
Fox Network Center, Los Angeles, California (studio segments, pregame, and postgame shows)
|Running time||3 hours (or until game ends)|
|Production company||Fox Sports|
|Original network||Fox Sports 1|
|Original release||April 5, 2014|
|Related||MLB on Fox|
MLB on FS1 is the de facto name for the presentation of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by Fox Sports for Fox Sports 1 (FS1). FS1 airs 40 regular season MLB games (mostly on Saturdays), along with post-season games from the Division Series and League Championship Series).
See also: Major League Baseball on television
On September 19, 2012, Sports Business Daily reported that Major League Baseball would agree to separate eight-year television deals with Fox Sports and Turner Sports through the 2021 season. Fox would reportedly pay around $4 billion over eight years (close to $500 million per year), while Turner would pay around $2.8 billion over eight years (more than $300 million per year). Under the new deals, Fox and TBS' coverage would essentially be the same as in the 2007–2013 contract with the exception of Fox and TBS splitting coverage of the Division Series, which TBS has broadcast exclusively dating back to 2007. More importantly, Fox would carry some of the games (such as the Saturday afternoon Game of the Week) on its new general sports channel, Fox Sports 1, which launched on August 17, 2013. Sources also said it was possible that Fox would sell some League Division Series games to MLB Network.
On October 2, 2012, the new deal between Major League Baseball and Fox was officially confirmed; it included the television rights to 12 Saturday afternoon games on Fox (reduced from 26), 40 games on Fox Sports 1, rights to the All-Star Game, two League Division Series (two games were sold to MLB Network, the rest would air on Fox Sports 1), one League Championship Series (in which Fox Sports and Turner Sports would each respectively alternate coverage of American League and National League postseason games each year on an odd-even basis, with Games 1 and, if necessary, 6 in 2014 airing on Fox), and the World Series (which would remain on Fox). In addition, all Fox Saturday Baseball games would be made available on MLB Extra Innings and MLB.TV (subject to local blackout restrictions), Fox Sports was awarded TV Everywhere rights for streaming of game telecasts on computers, mobile and tablet devices, rights to a nightly baseball highlights show, Spanish language rights to all games carried on Fox and Fox Cable (Fox Deportes) and rights to a weekly show produced by MLB Productions.
On November 15, 2018, Fox renewed its rights through 2028, maintaining its existing structure but with expanded digital rights, and a promise to begin airing more games on the Fox broadcast network (beginning with at least two of the first four League Championship Series games and all seventh games from 2020 to 2028, with additional games in 2022). It had been criticized for airing only Game 1 of the 2019 American League Championship Series, while placing the rest on Fox Sports 1.
Beginning with the 2014 television contract, FS1's regular-season telecasts are not exclusive, with the teams' local broadcasters also showing the games and FS1 broadcasts of those games blacked-out in the teams' local markets.
As of 2022, most FS1 games air Saturday afternoons, with additional, irregularly scheduled weeknight games. Weeknight games that have aired on FS1 include:
Main article: Monday Night Baseball
|2016||May 23, 2016, 8:00PM||Angels||Rangers|
|September 19, 2016, 10:00PM||Diamondbacks||Padres|
|2020||August 3, 2020, 7:00PM||Mets||Braves|
|August 10, 2020, 6:00PM||Braves||Phillies|
|August 17, 2020, 9:00PM||Padres||Rangers|
|August 24, 2020, 7:00PM||Cubs||Tigers|
|September 7, 2020, 9:00PM||Rockies||Padres|
|September 14, 2020, 8:00PM||Athletics||Mariners|
|2021||April 12, 2021, 7:30PM||Cubs||Brewers|
|2022||April 11, 2022, 6:30PM||Mets||Phillies|
|June 20, 2022, 8:00PM||Cardinals||Brewers|
|July 11, 2022, 7:00PM||Mets||Braves|
|August 15, 2022, 8:00PM||Astros||White Sox|
Main article: Tuesday Night Baseball
|2014||April 8, 2014, 8PM||Reds||Cardinals|
|July 29, 2014, 8PM||Yankees||Rangers|
|August 26, 2014, 8PM||Twins||Royals|
|2015||June 23, 2015, 7PM||Cardinals||Marlins|
|July 28, 2015, 8PM||Yankees||Rangers|
|2016||April 26, 2016, 9:30PM||Cardinals||Diamondbacks|
|August 6, 2016, 7:00PM||Cardinals||Reds|
|2017||May 9, 2017, 7:00PM||Yankees||Reds|
|August 1, 2017, 10:00PM||Twins||Padres|
|August 8, 2017, 8:00PM||Cardinals||Royals|
|August 15, 2017, 8:00PM||Tigers||Rangers|
|2018||April 17, 2018, 7:00PM||Indians||Twins|
|May 15, 2018, 8:00PM||Cardinals||Twins|
|June 5, 2018, 8:00PM||Marlins||Cardinals|
|June 26, 2018, 7:00PM||Diamondbacks||Marlins|
|July 10, 2018, 8:00PM||Royals||Twins|
|September 4, 2018, 8:00PM||Angels||Rangers|
|2019||August 27, 2019, 10:00PM||Rangers||Angels|
|2020||July 28, 2020, 9:00PM||Dodgers||Astros|
|August 11, 2020, 7:00PM||White Sox||Tigers|
|August 18, 2020, 8:00PM||Cardinals||Cubs|
|August 25, 2020, 6:30PM||Orioles||Rays|
|August 25, 2020, 9:30PM||Dodgers||Giants|
|September 1, 2020, 6:30PM||Blue Jays||Marlins|
|September 8, 2020, 7:30PM||Red Sox||Phillies|
|September 15, 2020, 8:30PM||Athletics||Rockies|
|September 22, 2020, 9:00PM||Rangers||Diamondbacks|
|2021||May 25, 2021, 8:00PM||Dodgers||Astros|
|June 1, 2021, 6:00PM||White Sox||Indians|
|June 8, 2021, 7:00PM||Nationals||Rays|
|August 31, 2021, 9:30PM||Brewers||Giants|
|September 7, 2021, 6:30PM||Mets||Marlins|
|September 14, 2021, 7:30PM||Indians||Twins|
|September 21, 2021, 10:00PM||Giants||Padres|
|September 28, 2021, 7:00PM||Phillies||Braves|
Main article: Wednesday Night Baseball
|2017||April 5, 2017, 7PM||Yankees||Rays|
|April 5, 2017, 7PM||Royals||Tigers|
|2018||April 4, 2018, 7:30PM||Cardinals||Brewers|
|2020||August 5, 2020, 4:00PM||Phillies||Yankees|
|August 12, 2020, 6:30PM||Royals||Reds|
|September 9, 2020, 6:30PM||White Sox||Pirates|
|2021||April 28, 2021, 7:00PM||Cubs||Braves|
|2022||May 11, 2022, 7:00PM||Rays||Angels|
|June 8, 2022, 7:30PM||Yankees||Twins|
|June 15, 2022, 7:00PM||Brewers||Mets|
|August 10, 2022, 8:00PM||White Sox||Royals|
|August 17, 2022, 8:00PM||Dodgers||Brewers|
|August 24, 2022, 7:00PM||White Sox||Orioles|
|September 7, 2022, 8:30PM||Diamondbacks||Padres|
|September 14, 2022, 7:30PM||Brewers||Cardinals|
Main article: Thursday Night Baseball
|2014||May 15, 2014||Padres||Reds|
|2015||June 18, 2015||Brewers||Royals|
|2016||April 7, 2016||Rangers||Angels|
|April 21, 2016||Tigers||Royals|
|2017||May 18, 2017||Yankees||Royals|
|2018||May 10, 2018||Twins||Angels|
|June 14, 2018||Rays||Yankees|
|2020||July 30, 2020||Padres||Giants|
|August 20, 2020||Brewers||Twins|
|September 24, 2020||Tigers||Royals|
|2022||June 30, 2022||Padres||Dodgers|
|July 28, 2022||Mariners||Astros|
|August 4, 2022||Rays||Tigers|
As of the 2022 season, FS1 carries a Saturday afternoon game most weeks. These games, like the weeknight games, are non-exclusive. FS1's coverage begins with the pregame show a half-hour before the game, which usually starts at 1 or 4 p.m. Eastern Time. If there is a second game on FS1, which occurs in the early season before the Fox broadcast network's exclusive Saturday evening coverage begins, a studio show is aired in between.
With FS1 taking over most MLB coverage in 2014, postseason coverage on Fox Sports' end of the package began to be split between the Fox broadcast network and FS1. The deal, which brought back Division Series baseball to Fox for the first time since 2006, put Fox's Division Series games exclusively on FS1. As part of their contract renewal before the 2019 season, Fox has agreed to air any League Championship Series Game 7 on the broadcast network. Fox airs the World Series in its entirety, as has been the case every year since 2000.
For the 2020 NLCS however, while Fox aired Games 1, 4 and 7, FS1 aired every game except Game 1 as it simulcast Games 4 and 7. (Game 4 was scheduled to air only on FS1 but the postponement of a previously scheduled Thursday Night Football game that was supposed to air on Fox allowed both Fox and FS1 to air the game.)
For the 2021 ALCS, Fox aired Games 1 and 2 while FS1 aired Games 2-6 (Game 2 was simulcast on both channels). From 2022 on, Fox will air more postseason games as part of the renewal made in 2018.
In 2020, Fox unveiled a new graphics package for its NFL and college football coverage starting with Super Bowl LIV. Baseball broadcasts continued using this package through the end of the 2021 regular season, as the new on-screen look is for football only. Beginning with the 2021 season, Fox and FS1 started using stylized cartoon illustrations on players rather than traditional photos, similar to those used on the network's NFL coverage since the previous year's Super Bowl.
NJJ Music composed the original MLB on Fox theme music in 1996. This theme music was used exclusively from June 1996 until early May 2007. In mid-May 2007, an updated version was unveiled, featuring a more jazzy feel and implementing a full orchestra instead of the synth elements used by the 1996 theme.
Beginning with the 2010 postseason, both the 2007 theme and the Flach theme were replaced by the longtime NFL on Fox theme music, which began to be used for all Fox sporting events.
In 2014, the 2007–2010 jazz theme was brought back for regular season games on MLB on FS1. The NFL theme was retained for MLB on Fox, including Fox Saturday Baseball, Baseball Night in America, the All-Star Game and all coverage of the postseason. However, occasionally one of the two themes was heard on telecasts that were designated for the other, implying that the designations are slightly fluid.
In 2020, MLB on Fox reintroduced the original 1996–2007 theme; Fox Sports regional affiliates continued to use the 2007–2010 theme until the network was rebranded to Bally Sports in 2021. As of the 2021 season, the original theme is now used for coverage of all games across both Fox and FS1.
Game 1 of the 2014 National League Championship Series was simulcast on Fox Sports 1 and hosted by Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler and C. J. Nitkowski, who offered sabermetric analysis of the game.
Joe Davis called play-by-play for Game 4 of the 2019 American League Championship Series due to Joe Buck calling Thursday Night Football for Fox.