Are the Wild Card Games on Regular TV?

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By Eric Wilson

As the MLB postseason approaches, many baseball fans are wondering if they will be able to watch the Wild Card games on regular TV. The answer is yes, but it depends on where you live and what channels are available in your area.

Local Broadcasts

In most cases, local broadcasters will carry the Wild Card games. This means that if you live in a city with a team in the playoffs, you will likely be able to watch the game on your local station. For example, if you live in New York and the Yankees make it to the Wild Card game, you can tune into WPIX to watch the game.

However, if you don’t live in a city with a team in the playoffs or your local station doesn’t have broadcasting rights for the game, there are still options available.

Cable Networks

Cable networks like ESPN and TBS also have broadcasting rights for some of the postseason games. In fact, ESPN carries one of the Wild Card games each year. TBS broadcasts several of the other playoff games as well.

If you have cable or satellite TV service, check your local listings to see which network is carrying the game. If you don’t have cable or satellite TV service, there are still ways to watch.

Streaming Services

Streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV Now all offer access to cable networks that carry postseason baseball games. These services require a subscription fee but offer a free trial period so that viewers can test them out before committing.


The Wild Card games will be available on regular TV through local broadcasters and cable networks like ESPN and TBS. If those options are not available, viewers can turn to streaming services to watch the game.

Whether you’re a die-hard baseball fan or just tuning in for the playoffs, there are plenty of ways to catch the Wild Card games this year. So grab your popcorn and settle in for some exciting postseason action!