Royals and FSKC Announce Television Schedule for 2015 Season


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The Royals have announced that FOX Sports Kansas City will be airing 154 games during the 2015 season, including 4 Spring Training games next month. In previous years, only 2 Spring Training games have aired, so it will be great to see even more baseball in March.

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This announcement comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for viewership in 2014, and a fourth consecutive year of increased ratings. Kansas City watched Royals games last summer more than any other prime time program, and it certainly looks like that won’t change in 2015.

The FSKC broadcasts begin on March 25 from Surprise, Arizona, when the Royals take on the White Sox. Those in the broadcast area will also be able to see games against the Mariners (March 27), the Diamondbacks (March 28), and the James Shields-led Padres (March 31).

Every game broadcast on FSKC will still have the Royals Live pre- and postgame shows, hosted by Joel Goldberg, with analysis from Jeff Montgomery. Ryan Lefebvre and Steve Physioc will be on the play-by-play once again, while the always-entertaining Rex Hudler will provide color commentary during the games.

That 150-game regular season schedule doesn’t include national and regional broadcasts, meaning all but a small few Royals games will be available for visual consumption. The team is already set to appear on Sunday Night Baseball in May, against the Tigers, and if they’re competitive once again, they might find their way back on there later in the season. I also would expect to see them on one or two of FOX’s Saturday broadcasts at some point during the summer.

The Royals’ local television deal is far from the most lucrative in the game, but it is pretty nice that fans who don’t live in the immediate vicinity of Kauffman Stadium – including yours truly – will still have plenty of opportunities to watch the defending American League champions this season.

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