Phils, WPHL sign three-year contract
Station to air 45 regular-season and three preseason games
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
To say that I am rather shocked to hear this announcement is an understatement. What did channel, correction, myphl17 offer the Phils to get them back?
PHILADELPHIA — The on-again, off-again relationship between the Phillies and WPHL-TV is on again, with the team and network agreeing to a three-year contract.
The Phillies and myphl17 announced Wednesday that the 2008 World champions will return to the network for at least the 2009-11 seasons. Under the pact, myphl17 will air 45 regular-season games and three preseason games. A complete broadcast schedule hasn’t been finalized.
The Phillies open the regular season Sunday, April 5, on ESPN2 against the Braves.
This marks the third partnership with WPHL-TV. The station first became the broadcast home for the Phillies from 1971-82, then again from ’93-98. The Phillies had been on UPN 57 since ’99, with the most recent three-year deal expiring after this season.
The bulk of Phillies games will continue to be on Comcast SportsNet.
“We’re ecstatic to welcome this Philadelphia institution back to our station,” vice president and general manager Vince Giannini said in a statement. “WPHL-TV was the home of the Phillies when they won their first World Championship in 1980, when they went to the World Series in 1993, and we’re very happy to welcome them back as the current World Series Champions.”
myphl17, the Philadelphia affiliate of MyNetworkTV and owned by Tribune Co., will also broadcast the weekly W.B. Mason “Behind the Pinstripes: A Phillies Magazine” before each Sunday Phillies broadcast.
The 30-minute magazine-style show is hosted by Scott Palmer and produced by the Phillies’ Emmy Award-winning videographer, Dan Stephenson, manager of video productions for the team. (H/T Phillies.com)
I still like to know how much money (Come on, why else would 17 be getting the Phils back for a third time if they weren’t able to outbid 57 for the broadcast rights) 17 offered the Phils to come back. Lets see, I’d have seen the Phillies now on local channels 6, 17, 29, 17, 57 and now 17 again. I’m just hoping that they stick around for more than three years on 17.