Update: as per the comments below, it looks like the published schedule may not be correct and these games are only available on International Eurosport, not Eurosport UK. Hopefully we’ll get clarification soon
Baseball fans in the U.K. will have two TV channels on which to watch games from the forthcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC), with Eurosport joining ESPN America in offering live baseball from the premier international tournament.
ESPN America, as the home of MLB in the UK and throughout Europe, was the natural host for the WBC and they’ve already confirmed that they will be showing games from the event.
However, the news that Eurosport are also broadcasting some games as well is a real bonus.
The channel has shown baseball games in the past, from European Baseball Championship games to the World Cup, so there was always a hope that they might get involved.
Their online UK TV guide shows that they are broadcasting games on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March and a quick check of the WBC schedule reveals that Eurosport will be following the fortunes of Spain in these contests.
The Spanish national team will compete at the WBC for the first time in the third staging of the event after coming through a qualifying competition in September. Spain will join the traditional powerhouses of Italy and the Netherlands in representing European baseball at the tournament.
They face a very difficult task in emerging from their First Round group as they are up against Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, all of whom have several MLB All-Stars on their rosters. However, it will be a great challenge to compete against the likes of Yadier Molina, Carlos Beltran, Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and Miguel Cabrera.
Details on MLB.com’s online coverage of the WBC are still to be announced. It is expected that a subscription package for the event, separate from the main 2013 MLB.TV Premium subscription, will be available to sign up to in the next couple of days.