LOS ANGELES – Just days away from broadcasting its 25th World Series, FOX Sports announces an exclusive, multi-platform deal to deliver the 2023 World Baseball Classic to fans in the U.S. The global tournament begins on Tuesday, March 7 from stadiums in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.
“The World Baseball Classic is baseball’s premier international tournament, drawing some of the most exciting players in the world, and with FOX Sports’ longtime commitment to baseball, we’re thrilled to add this best-in-class event to our roster in 2023,” said Mark Silverman, FOX Sports President, and COO. “We’ll work with our great partners at MLB to deliver an exciting package for viewers across all of our platforms.”
Number of Games: Exclusive coverage of all 47 tournament games across FOX, FS1, FS2, FOX Deportes, Tubi, and the FOX Sports app in the U.S.
- First Game: Tuesday, March 7 – Cuba vs. the Netherlands at Taichung Intercontinental Stadium (FS1/FOX Deportes)
- First Team USA Game: Saturday, March 11 – Great Britain vs. the USA at Chase Field (FOX)
- Championship Game: Tuesday, March 21 from loanDepot park (FS1/FOX Deportes)
- Rights Included: TV Everywhere, Digital/Social Game Highlights
- Game Locations: Tokyo Dome (Japan), Taichung Intercontinental Stadium (Taiwan), Chase Field (Phoenix) and loanDepot park (Miami)
“As players and fans alike can attest, the World Baseball Classic showcases the international appeal and passion for the game like no other event, and we are all eagerly anticipating its return this March,” said Noah Garden, Major League Baseball’s Chief Revenue Officer. “The World Baseball Classic is a perfect fit for our partners at FOX Sports, as they are uniquely positioned to deliver this one-of-a-kind event to baseball fans throughout the U.S.”
Players that have indicated their intent to play in the World Baseball Classic include Pete Alonso, Tim Anderson, Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts, Julio Urías, Bryce Harper, Carlos Correa, Mike Trout, and Vladmir Guerrero Jr.
Managed by 2009 WBC player Mark DeRosa, the coaching staff includes Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (hitting coach) and five-time World Series champion Andy Pettitte (pitching coach). Jerry Manuel (bench coach), Lou Collier (first base coach), Dino Ebel (third base coach) and Dave Righetti (bullpen coach) round out the staff.
Operated by MLB and the MLBPA and sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, the World Baseball Classic will be contested on fields in Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S., and wraps up with semifinal games at loanDepot park from March 19-20 and the championship game in Miami on Tuesday, March 21.