LIVE on GEM from 7.00pm AESDT on Saturday, March 22, and 1.00pm AESDT on Sunday, March 23
Aussie television viewers will soon catch sporting history when two of the world’s biggest baseball teams go head-to-head at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The famous Los Angeles Dodgers will play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2014 Major League Baseball Opening Series – a double-header broadcast LIVE on GEM from 7.00pm AESDT on Saturday, March 22, and 1.00pm AESDT on Sunday, March 23.
The Sydney Cricket Ground will be transformed into a league-standard baseball field complete with players’ dugouts, a meticulously measured diamond, over 200 tonnes of imported American clay – and even hot dogs.
Ian Chappell, a keen baseball player before his cricketing glory days as Australia’s captain, will join the expert American commentary team to call both games.
“The Nine Network is excited to be a part of this historic sporting event,” said David Gyngell, CEO of Nine Entertainment Company. “As the home of sport and event TV, it is a natural fit for the Nine Network and Wide World of Sports to bring this great game to Australian viewers.”
Paul Archey, Senior Vice President of International Business Operations for Major League Baseball, said: “We are looking forward to partnering with the Nine Network to bring the MLB Opening Series Sydney to fans in Australia.
“The Nine Network has a reputation for carrying major global sporting events and we are excited they will be bringing the games to our current and new Australian fans.”
The 2014 MLB Opening Series Sydney also marks the 100th anniversary of exhibition games played by the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants at the SCG in 1914.