NL-champ Rox to be on TV plenty

NL-champ Rox to be on TV plenty

DENVER -- The defending National League champion Rockies will have all but seven of their games telecast in 2008, and the schedule includes what is believed to be the Rockies' first regular-season national telecast in six years.

Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain and My20 (KTVD), which telecasts weekend games, will show a combined 150 games on the Rockies' primary package, with more than 60 regular-season games shown in HD.

The nationally televised game will be the Rockies' final one before the All-Star break, against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on July 13 at 6:05 p.m. MT. The last game played in the Majors on that day, it's scheduled for an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast.

According to records kept by Major League Baseball, the Rockies have not been telecast nationally during the regular season since June 2, 2002, an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast at San Francisco. The Rockies were telecast nationally during the playoffs and World Series in 2007.

The club has had several regional broadcasts. According to MLB, the most recent one was July 10, 2004, at San Diego, shown as part of the Fox Saturday Game of the Week package.

In 2008, the Rockies are slated for four Fox Saturday Game of the Week regional broadcasts.

For the Rockies' TV package, FSN Rocky Mountain will televise 126 games, while My20 will carry 24, with most coming on Sundays but four September games being shown on Saturday.

Additionally, the Rockies will broadcast eight weekday Spring Training games, airing live and re-airing at 7 p.m. MT, starting with the March 16 game against the Padres at 2 p.m. MT.

In another announcement, the Rockies and 9NEWS reached a two-year extension that will keep games on My20 for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.