By Jennifer Robinson
Cable TV's TBS Superstation headquartered in Atlanta is dropping the Atlanta Braves after 30 years of showcasing the team. TBS will instead broadcast all major league teams and reduce the overall number of baseball games they air citing a significant drop in ratings.
Braves fans in the Midlands will have to look to Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports South for most of the games this season. However, 45 Braves games will be aired on the Peachtree Station that can only be seen in Atlanta. The team does want to offer syndication to local stations for these games, but local networks aren't likely to pick it up.
"We've all got contracts with our networks, and there's a very limited number of primetime interruptions and cancellations that we're allowed to do," says WLTX general manager Rich O'Dell.
The last option for fans here in the Midlands is MLB Extra Innings, a channel that grants access to all major league teams and all games. This channel used to be exclusively on DirecTV, but this Time Warner Cable in Columbia will be offering it to customers this season as well for a fee.
The best way to find out if you can get access to MLB Extra Innings and all of your Atlanta Braves games is to contact your local cable company.