Baseball Tonight crew banned from San Fran

Associated
Press

ESPN won’t
be able to allowed to broadcast its “Baseball Tonight” show live from
the All-Star game in

San Francisco
on Tuesday night.

Major League Baseball limited ESPN’s access this week after the
cable network broke an embargo and announced the All-Star rosters before the
end of a selection show on TBS.

Fox is
broadcasting the game, but ESPN traditionally has moved its “Baseball
Tonight” crew from the studio in

Bristol,

Conn., to the site of the game.
Karl Ravech, Steve Phillips and John Kruk instead will do the show this year
from the studio. ESPN does have reporters on site who will file reports but
will be treated like all other non-rightsholders.

ESPN will
be allowed to have a one-hour show from the ballpark before the network shows
the Home Run Derby.

“ESPN
viewers will receive the same in-depth All-Star coverage they have come to
expect,” ESPN said in a statement. “We have a long and productive
relationship with MLB that we value.”

Baseball spokesman
Pat Courtney declined to comment.

TBS was
scheduled to announce the All-Star rosters on July 1 during a show from 4 p.m.
to 5 p.m. EDT. But an Atlanta Braves game preceding the show had a lengthy rain
delay and went extra innings, prompting a delay.

ESPN
reported the NL starters, including

San
Francisco slugger Barry Bonds, before the show on TBS
aired, using a vote list mistakenly released on The Associated Press wire. The
AP sent an advisory after that transmission, saying the list was embargoed
until after the TBS show.

ESPN also
revealed the entire rosters shortly after they were announced on TBS but before
the end of the TBS show in violation of baseball’s embargo.

The
platform built to house “Baseball Tonight” will be used by
photographers instead.

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