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Fox Sports sticks with baseball blowout

By Mel Bracht Modified: April 24, 2009 at 5:00 am •  Published: April 24, 2009
Last Saturday, Fox Sports showed how serious it was about providing good coverage for its baseball viewers: Not very.

KOKH-25 viewers were stuck with coverage of the Cleveland Indians’ 22-4 victory over the New York Yankees — which was over after the Indians’ 14-run second inning — until the ugly end when Fox should have switched to another of its regional telecasts, the Chicago Cubs’ 7-5, 11-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals and Cubs have strong fan bases in Oklahoma.

Fox spokesman Dan Bell said the network wasn’t prepared to make a switch.

"We have to have a ‘flex’ situation that we have to set up a few days prior to the broadcast day,” Bell said in an e-mail. "This system allows us to communicate with our affiliates and technical operations center so that everyone is on board.”

KOKH viewers again will get the Yankees at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when they face the Red Sox, instead of the Cardinals-Cubs telecast, which will air in Tulsa for the second straight week.

In fairness to Fox, the Yankees are the highest-rated team in the market, the network says. The Cardinals rank No. 4.