A number of fans have e-mailed me or posted comments on Extra Bases asking why NESN does not broadcast more games in spring training.
I asked Gary Roy, NESN's manager of promotions and public relations, if he would be willing to explain the station's position and he was nice enough to agree.
Here was his response:
NESN is committed to delivering the most in-depth and highest quality year round coverage of the Red Sox. With this as our mission, each year we have to consider many different factors when putting together our spring schedule. A few of these include other programming commitments, projected viewership, interest from advertisers in different day-parts, and investments in other Red Sox programming initiatives both during spring training and throughout the rest of the year.
This spring we expanded our Red Sox live game coverage by almost 50 percent by increasing the number of games we are broadcasting from nine to 13. We are providing live coverage of all prime time and weekend games that do not conflict with Bruins or Hockey East tournament games. We recognize that most fans are not home for weekday afternoon games, so NESN Daily delivers reports from Fort Myers every night.
It is also important to note, that feedback from fans is also taken into consideration. We encourage fans to let us know what they would like to see on NESN by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.