Broadcasters Likely To Call Road Games Remotely

By 670 The Score
(670 The Score) In what would be an unprecedented move and a health precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic, MLB is preparing to request that local television and radio broadcasters don't travel with their teams for road games to open the 2020 regular season.

In such a scenario, broadcasters would call games from studios or the ballpark in their home cities when their teams play on the road.

"The league is not ready to make an announcement on this subject, so it's TBD for now," an MLB official said. "But it may be likely to start the season for safety reasons that way. Regionally, it could vary depending on what health officials tell us."

Local rightsholders have been informed of the possibility, sources said, though not all clubs have discussed the change of location with their broadcasters. 

"The broadcasters will have to use monitors that give them as much of a view as possible when they are doing their club's games," a source said. "We would assist them when technically possible, but all broadcast teams should be equipped with multiple monitors that give a view of the whole ballpark as well as the game action shots from the local broadcast's camera sites around the field."

The team hosting a game would provide all the television and radio technical production for both sides. In normal circumstances, most clubs have their own broadcast and production crews hired for away games.

Music and crowd noise being piped in may be a common part of all broadcasts without fans being allowed in ballparks amid the pandemic. 

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.