What channel is the Padres opening game on?
PHOENIX — With the first scheduled Padres telecast on the new Fox Sports San Diego coming Saturday night, no one could say Thursday whether anyone would actually be able to watch the game.
The new network will produce a telecast, but it can’t formally announce that fact because its 20-year, $1 billion contract with the Padres hasn’t been officially approved by Major League Baseball.
The new FSSD has distribution deals with DirecTV and Cox Cable, and while DirecTV definitely plans to show the game and Cox might, it’s possible subscribers of both carriers could be left in the dark due to questions surrounding the lack of MLB approval.
A source familiar with the deal, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter because the deal hasn’t been announced, said Fox expects the game will be available to Cox and DirecTV customers.
The source added that Major League Baseball knows the Padres are launching their television coverage Saturday night and that unless someone tells the network the game can’t be on, the broadcast will go forward.
The source also said approval for the deal between Fox and the Padres is expected soon.
U-T San Diego learned Thursday night that DirecTV is planning to carry the game on Channel 694. The pregame show will begin at 6:30 p.m., the game at 7.
Sources also said the game will air on Cox Cable channels 56 and 1056 (HD), although a Cox official would not confirm that.
“We are working on finalizing our agreement with Fox,” said Ceanne Guerra, the media and public relations manager for Cox San Diego.