FOX TN, SportSouth to Cover 123 Cards Games


Posted Feb 24, 2009


If you are looking for 2009 St. Louis Cardinals games to be televised in the Southeastern reaches of The Cardinal Nation, we have the schedule!

For those St. Louis Cardinals fans in parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi anxiously awaiting news about which games you will be able to see during the 2009 season, the wait is now over.

FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth have announced plans to televise a combined 123 Cardinals’ games during the 2009 Major League Baseball season. That is very good news as the total represents a substantial increase from the 100 games shown in 2008.

Coverage begins on Monday, April 6 with the first of 69 games scheduled to be televised on SportSouth, when the Cardinals open their season hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates at 3 p.m. CT. FOX Sports Tennessee will televise 54 Cardinals’ games, starting with the third game of the opening series against the Pirates on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. CT.

Combined, the FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth Cardinals’ schedule features 58 games from Busch Stadium and 65 road contests. The schedule includes 59 games against National League Central opponents, 31 games against 2008 National League playoff teams, and three games against the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies. The regular-season schedule also features inter-league contests against the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins and 2006 World Series opponent Detroit Tigers.

Analyst Al Hrabosky returns for his 25th season and his 11th with play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin calling Cardinals’ games.

Telecasts of Cardinals’ games on FOX Sports Tennessee are available in the Memphis, Evansville and Paducah/Harrisburg/Cape Girardeau Designated Market Areas (DMAs), plus the counties of Union, Pontotoc, Yalobusha and Grenada in Mississippi. Telecasts of Cardinals games on SportSouth are available in the Memphis DMA, plus the counties of Union Pontotoc, Yalobusha and Grenada in Mississippi.

Blackouts still confusing

I am sorry, but I cannot fully explain the specifics behind MLB’s territorial rules that govern which teams’ games can be shown in which towns and cities. I can only say that the Commissioner of Baseball himself admitted several years ago that he cannot understand them, either.

Bud Selig has a committee that has been looking at possible changes for some period, but while the topic has been on several Owners Meeting agendas recently, it has been tabled each time. The underlying issue, as it always seems, is likely money.

Bottom line, do not expect any changes this season.

Spring training update

FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth are not planning to televise any Cardinals spring training games this year. However, several contests will be shown via national concerns, such as the new MLB Network.

For the most current spring training information, check out my blog, The Cardinal Nation, where I am keeping an updated list of radio and televised games.



2009 FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth St. Louis Cardinals Schedule

Day Date Loc Team Time Network
Mon 6-Apr VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES 3:00 PM SPSO
Tue 7-Apr VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES 7:00 PM SPSO
Wed 8-Apr VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES 7:00 PM FSTN
Thu 9-Apr VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES 12:30 PM SPSO
Mon 13-Apr @ Arizona Diamondbacks 8:30 PM SPSO
Tue 14-Apr @ Arizona Diamondbacks 8:30 PM SPSO
Wed 15-Apr @ Arizona Diamondbacks 2:30 PM SPSO
Thu 16-Apr @ Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM FSTN
Fri 17-Apr @ Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM SPSO
Tue 21-Apr VS NEW YORK METS 7:00 PM FSTN
Wed 22-Apr VS NEW YORK METS 7:00 PM FSTN
Thu 23-Apr VS NEW YORK METS 12:30 PM SPSO
Fri 24-Apr VS CHICAGO CUBS 7:00 PM FSTN
Mon 27-Apr @ Atlanta Braves 6:00 PM SPSO
Tue 28-Apr @ Atlanta Braves 6:00 PM SPSO
Wed 29-Apr @ Atlanta Braves 6:00 PM SPSO
Thu 30-Apr @ Washington Nationals 6:00 PM SPSO
Fri 1-May @ Washington Nationals 6:00 PM FSTN
Sat 2-May @ Washington Nationals 12:00 PM FSTN
Mon 4-May VS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 7:00 PM SPSO
Tue 5-May VS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 7:00 PM SPSO
Wed 6-May VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES 7:00 PM FSTN
Thu 7-May VS PITTSBURGH PIRATES 12:30 PM FSTN
Fri 8-May @ Cincinnati Reds 6:00 PM FSTN
Sat 9-May @ Cincinnati Reds 6:00 PM SPSO
Tue 12-May @ Pittsburgh Pirates 6:00 PM FSTN
Wed 13-May @ Pittsburgh Pirates 6:00 PM SPSO
Thu 14-May @ Pittsburgh Pirates 6:00 PM FSTN
Fri 15-May VS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 7:00 PM FSTN
Sat 16-May VS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 12:00 PM FSTN
Tue 19-May VS CHICAGO CUBS 7:00 PM SPSO
Mon 25-May @ Milwaukee Brewers 1:00 PM FSTN
Tue 26-May @ Milwaukee Brewers 7:00 PM FSTN
Wed 27-May @ Milwaukee Brewers 12:00 PM SPSO
Fri 29-May @ San Francisco Giants 9:00 PM FSTN
Sat 30-May @ San Francisco Giants 8:00 PM SPSO
Mon 1-Jun VS CINCINNATI REDS 7:00 PM SPSO
Tue 2-Jun VS CINCINNATI REDS 7:00 PM SPSO
Wed 3-Jun VS CINCINNATI REDS 7:00 PM SPSO
Thu 4-Jun VS CINCINNATI REDS 7:00 PM FSTN
Fri 5-Jun VS COLORADO ROCKIES 7:00 PM SPSO
Sat 6-Jun VS COLORADO ROCKIES 7:00 PM SPSO
Mon 8-Jun VS COLORADO ROCKIES 1:00 PM SPSO
Tue 9-Jun @ Florida Marlins 6:00 PM SPSO
Wed 10-Jun @ Florida Marlins 6:00 PM FSTN
Thu 11-Jun @ Florida Marlins 11:00 AM FSTN
Fri 12-Jun @ Cleveland Indians 6:00 PM FSTN
Tue 16-Jun VS DETROIT TIGERS 7:00 PM FSTN
Wed 17-Jun VS DETROIT TIGERS 7:00 PM FSTN
Thu 18-Jun VS DETROIT TIGERS 7:00 PM SPSO
Fri 19-Jun @ Kansas City Royals 7:00 PM SPSO
Sat 20-Jun @ Kansas City Royals 6:00 PM SPSO
Sun 21-Jun @ Kansas City Royals 1:00 PM SPSO
Mon 22-Jun @ New York Mets 6:00 PM SPSO
Tue 23-Jun @ New York Mets 6:00 PM SPSO
Wed 24-Jun @ New York Mets 6:00 PM SPSO
Thu 25-Jun @ New York Mets 12:00 PM SPSO
Fri 26-Jun VS MINNESOTA TWINS 7:00 PM SPSO
Sat 27-Jun VS MINNESOTA TWINS 12:00 PM SPSO
Mon 29-Jun VS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 7:00 PM SPSO
Tue 30-Jun VS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 7:00 PM SPSO
Wed 1-Jul VS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 7:00 PM SPSO
Thu 2-Jul VS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 6:00 PM FSTN
Fri 3-Jul @ Cincinnati Reds 6:00 PM FSTN
Sat 4-Jul @ Cincinnati Reds 12:00 PM FSTN
Sun 5-Jul @ Cincinnati Reds 12:00 PM SPSO
Tue 7-Jul @ Milwaukee Brewers 7:00 PM FSTN
Wed 8-Jul @ Milwaukee Brewers 7:00 PM SPSO
Thu 9-Jul @ Milwaukee Brewers 1:00 PM SPSO
Fri 10-Jul @ Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM SPSO
Fri 17-Jul VS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 7:00 PM SPSO
Sat 18-Jul VS ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 6:00 PM SPSO
Mon 20-Jul @ Houston Astros 7:00 PM FSTN
Tue 21-Jul @ Houston Astros 7:00 PM SPSO
Wed 22-Jul @ Houston Astros 7:00 PM SPSO
Fri 24-Jul @ Philadelphia Phillies 6:00 PM FSTN
Mon 27-Jul VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS 7:00 PM SPSO
Tue 28-Jul VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS 7:00 PM FSTN
Wed 29-Jul VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS 7:00 PM FSTN
Thu 30-Jul VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS 7:00 PM FSTN
Fri 31-Jul VS HOUSTON ASTROS 7:00 PM SPSO
Tue 4-Aug @ New York Mets 6:00 PM FSTN
Wed 5-Aug @ New York Mets 11:00 AM SPSO
Fri 7-Aug @ Pittsburgh Pirates 6:00 PM FSTN
Sat 8-Aug @ Pittsburgh Pirates 6:00 PM FSTN
Mon 10-Aug VS CINCINNATI REDS 7:00 PM SPSO
Tue 11-Aug VS CINCINNATI REDS 7:00 PM SPSO
Wed 12-Aug VS CINCINNATI REDS 7:00 PM FSTN
Fri 14-Aug VS SAN DIEGO PADRES 7:00 PM SPSO
Sat 15-Aug VS SAN DIEGO PADRES 6:00 PM SPSO
Mon 17-Aug @ Los Angeles Dodgers 9:00 PM SPSO
Tue 18-Aug @ Los Angeles Dodgers 9:00 PM FSTN
Wed 19-Aug @ Los Angeles Dodgers 9:00 PM FSTN
Thu 20-Aug @ San Diego Padres 9:00 PM FSTN
Fri 21-Aug @ San Diego Padres 9:00 PM SPSO
Sat 22-Aug @ San Diego Padres 9:00 PM SPSO
Tue 25-Aug VS HOUSTON ASTROS 7:00 PM FSTN
Wed 26-Aug VS HOUSTON ASTROS 7:00 PM FSTN
Thu 27-Aug VS HOUSTON ASTROS 1:00 PM SPSO
Fri 28-Aug VS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 7:00 PM FSTN
Sat 29-Aug VS WASHINGTON NATIONALS 6:00 PM FSTN
Tue 1-Sep VS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 7:00 PM FSTN
Wed 2-Sep VS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 7:00 PM FSTN
Thu 3-Sep VS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1:00 PM SPSO
  Fri 4-Sep @ Pittsburgh Pirates 6:00 PM FSTN
Sun 6-Sep @ Pittsburgh Pirates 12:30 PM SPSO
Mon 7-Sep @ Milwaukee Brewers 1:00 PM SPSO
Tue 8-Sep @ Milwaukee Brewers 7:00 PM FSTN
Wed 9-Sep @ Milwaukee Brewers 1:00 PM SPSO
Fri 11-Sep VS ATLANTA BRAVES 7:00 PM SPSO
Sun 13-Sep VS ATLANTA BRAVES 1:00 PM FSTN
Mon 14-Sep VS FLORIDA MARLINS 7:00 PM SPSO
Tue 15-Sep VS FLORIDA MARLINS 7:00 PM SPSO
Wed 16-Sep VS FLORIDA MARLINS 1:00 PM SPSO
Fri  18-Sep VS CHICAGO CUBS 7:00 PM SPSO
Mon 21-Sep @ Houston Astros 7:00 PM FSTN
Tue 22-Sep @ Houston Astros 7:00 PM FSTN
Wed 23-Sep @ Houston Astros 7:00 PM FSTN
Fri 25-Sep @ Colorado Rockies 7:00 PM FSTN
Tue 29-Sep @ Cincinnati Reds 6:00 PM FSTN
Wed 30-Sep @ Cincinnati Reds 6:00 PM FSTN
Thu 1-Oct @ Cincinnati Reds 11:30 AM SPSO
Fri 2-Oct VS MILWAUKEE BREWERS 7:00 PM FSTN

Schedule subject to change; All times Central



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnation.com. Catch his Cardinals commentary daily at his blog, The Cardinal Nation.

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