Bally Sports Florida to televise all 162 Marlins games in 2021
More Spring Training games will be televised in the future as part of a new Marlins TV packaged expected to be at least $50 million per season
By Joe Frisaro @ManOn2nd
After months of negotiation and speculation, the long-anticipated new Miami Marlins local television deal is finally official.
Bally Sports Florida (formerly FOX Sports Florida) on Wednesday announced the network will air all 162 Marlins regular season games in 2021.
The two sides reaching agreement was never seriously in question, but negotiations lingered during these uncertain economic times as the country and world deal with the pandemic.
Bottom line for Marlins’ fans is the two sides came together before Opening Day, set for April 1 when the Tampa Bay Rays face the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.
On social media, fans can get the latest on the rebranding of the network to Bally Sports Florida, by following the Twitter handles @BallySports, which is the national handle, and regionally @foxsportsfl and @foxmarlins.
The 2021 season on Bally Sports Florida marks the beginning of a multi-year media rights agreement for the network with the Marlins. Their partnership is entering its 20th year.
While financial terms have yet to be released, Man On Second Baseball has learned the Marlins will receive at least $50 million a season, a big jump from the expired deal that paid the club between $18-20 million.
Additionally, MO2 has learned the plan is to increase the amount of television coverage of Marlins’ Spring Training games in the future.
The 2021 broadcast lineup for the Marlins is familiar to local fans.
Paul Severino returns for his fourth season as play-by-play announcer, and Todd Hollandsworth is back for his fifth season as color analyst.
Returning analysts are Jeff Nelson, Gaby Sanchez, Tommy Hutton and J.P. Arencibia. The lineup also features Cliff Floyd, the former Marlins’ outfielder, who will make his Bally Sports Florida debut. Floyd last was part of the broadcast team in 2013. He will be a pre- and post-game analyst.
Craig Minervini begins his 20th season as a host and in-game reporter, in addition to Jessica Blaylock, who enters her seventh season as an in-game reporter and host. Kelly Saco enters her fourth season as a contributing host and in-game reporter.
Also part of the team is digital host and reporter, Jeremy Tache, who will cover all things social in his first season with the network.
Marlins programming will air on Bally Sports Florida and stream live on the upcoming all-new Bally Sports app, and on ballysports.com, when a consumer authenticates through their pay-TV service.