World Baseball Classic to air exclusively on FOX networks
FOX Sports announced Friday that it is the exclusive broadcast home of the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
The fifth edition of the WBC features a 47-game slate that will be shown live across FOX, FS1, FS2, FOX Deportes and Tubi from March 7-21, 2023.
Twenty nations from all over the globe will compete in the two-week tournament, which commences with 40 pool-play games across four host sites: Tokyo Dome (Japan), Taichung Intercontinental Stadium Taipei Dome (Taiwan), Chase Field (Phoenix) and loanDepot park (Miami).
Team USA, the winner of the previous WBC tourney in 2017, is in Pool C alongside Mexico, Colombia, Canada and Great Britain. Their games will be played in Phoenix. The defending champion's pool-play opener is March 11 and will air on FOX and FOX Deportes. Team USA's other three pool-play games (March 12, 13, 15) will be on FS1 and FOX Deportes.
Pool A and B winners will meet in the quarterfinals in Tokyo, while the Pool C and D champs face off in Miami. The semifinals and final will also be held in Miami, with each of those games airing on FS1 and FOX Deportes.
Players committed to playing for Team USA next spring include catchers J.T. Realmuto and Will Smith, infielders Pete Alonso, Paul Goldschmidt, Trevor Story, Tim Anderson and Nolan Arenado, outfielders Mookie Betts, Cedric Mullins, Mike Trout and Kyle Tucker, starting pitcher Merrill Kelly, and relievers David Bednar, Dillon Tate and Devin Williams.
Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani is planning to play for Japan, which won the first two WBC competitions and finished third in the past two.