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As the Toronto Blue Jays continue their 2022 Major League Baseball (MLB) campaign, they will be facing the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California from May 26–29.
However, viewers in Canada should be aware that the Jays–Angels game on Friday, May 27, 2022, with first pitch scheduled for 9:38 p.m. ET / 6:38 p.m. PT, will not be broadcast on Sportsnet.
Instead, this game will be available to stream for free as part of MLB's new Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball package, meaning that in several countries including the United States and Canada, the only way to watch this game will be through the Apple TV app.
We do want to emphasize that despite the games being branded as "Apple TV+" games, there is no subscription required (for now) to the Apple TV+ service in order to watch these exclusive games. This may change, however, for future editions later in the 2022 season, and very likely in future years.
For this May 27 game, the only requirements are that:
- You sign in with an Apple ID. If you've ever bought anything on the iTunes Store or Apple App Store, you almost certainly have one already. If you do need to create one, you may be required to enter a credit card number, but that card should not be charged if you only watch this Friday Night Baseball game.
- You have an Internet-connected device that supports the Apple TV app, which includes not only iPhones and iPads but a number of smart TV and streaming device platforms like Android TV, Roku and Samsung. Alternatively, on Windows PCs, Android phones, and some other devices where there is no app available, you can still watch through the Apple TV website, which you can access via this link.
If and when you do wish to subscribe to Apple TV+ – which offers a lot of other quality programming like Ted Lasso and Severance – the current subscription price in Canada is $5.99 per month, or $59.99 per year (both prices before applicable sales taxes), with free trials available to first-time subscribers.
The other games in the series – on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – will be available on Sportsnet or Sportsnet One as usual.
Aren't all Jays games supposed to be on Sportsnet?
Throughout the 162-game regular season, the vast majority of games featuring the Toronto Blue Jays – as the only MLB franchise in Canada – air across the country on the various channels of Sportsnet, the Canadian sports broadcaster owned by Rogers Communications, as is the Blue Jays franchise itself. (These games are also available to stream for subscribers via Sportsnet Now.)
This has been the case since the 2010 season, when Rogers bought back the remaining package of games that it had been selling to rival broadcaster TSN, in exchange for allowing TSN to air more non-Jays MLB games – following which Sportsnet frequently promoted itself as offering every Jays game.
That said, MLB has always had the contractual ability to pull games away from local broadcasters to accommodate league-wide deals; this is part of the reason why, for example, similar team-owned networks in the U.S., like the Yankees' YES Network, have never carried all of their parent teams' games.
But because American channels like ESPN, FS1 and TBS do not directly operate in Canada, those channels' pacts with MLB – in the rare cases that they do cover Blue Jays games – do not affect the Jays games available on Sportsnet.
However, MLB has been increasingly testing the waters with online broadcasters like Facebook Watch, YouTube, and most recently Apple TV+. In all of these cases, the services operate internationally, and accordingly their exclusive rights have usually extended to multiple countries including the U.S. and Canada.
As a result, any games covered by these international streaming rights deals are not available for broadcast on Sportsnet, as the channel has acknowledged on this support page for Sportsnet Now, and has happened for the Facebook- and YouTube-exclusive games of past years.
Who will be calling the game?
Up to this point, most Friday Night Baseball games taking place on the west coast of North America have been called by MLB Network play-by-play announcer Stephen Nelson, analysts Hunter Pence and Katie Nolan, and reporter Heidi Watney. The game production itself is handled by MLB Network, the organization's in-house media unit (and cable channel).
If you're a regular Blue Jays watcher, you should probably set your expectations low, as reviews for the announcing so far have been mixed at best, particularly among regular baseball viewers. MLB and Apple seem to have been trying a few off-the-beaten-path things to keep the attention of a wider audience, leading to some more diverse topics of conversation – but the graphics, at least, have been decent.
If you'd prefer commentary with more local flavour, you can tune into one of the Blue Jays' radio affiliates (like CJCL "Sportsnet 590 The Fan" in Toronto) on a regular radio, or the league's MLB Audio streaming package.
One other note: although Apple TV+ is normally a commercial-free service, these games do contain ad breaks at the times you'd usually see them during games, though (at least to date) these ad slots have been replaced in Canada by a "please stay tuned" slide.