I don’t mention it often here, but I’m a pretty huge Atlanta Braves fan. I grew up watching the team on TBS (I even remember when it was WTCG), and had the good luck of being in Atlanta in the early 1990s just as the Braves’ great pitching staff was finally coming together and even got to watch many of those games live because of a season ticket connection.
But my experience of the Braves has always been mediated by the experience of watching many games on TBS, even after I left Atlanta, because of the network’s reach on cable. While I found the “America’s Team” nickname to be a little self-congratulatory, I do think that TBS–and Turner’s media empire in general–benefited considerably from broadcasting Braves games, so I’ll admit that I’ve been following today’s game with a bit of nostalgia now that TBS has announced that it will no longer broadcast Braves games to a national audience, especially now that I live out of the reach of the regional networks that carry Braves games. This nostalgia is no doubt reinforced by the fact that longtime broadcaster Skip Caray is discussing the early history of broadcasting on TBS.
At any rate, it’s interesting to see how the new television landscape has altered the ways in which games are being broadcast even though that means I’ll have access to far fewer games.