Last week I recounted my agony over being without baseball for an entire week while on vacation in Europe. Its really hard to find anything baseball-related in London, Malaga, or Paris (aside from the random person wearing a Yankees cap no matter where you go). After a week of longing for my teams, we spent one last night in London before our return flight home. We arrived at the Heathrow Airport Hilton, checked in, and immediately turned on the TV. And to my great surprise and delight, there was a baseball game!
I figured they were just playing the game because MLB had just announced that day that they would be playing a game in London in 2019. Nonetheless, I imprinted the name of the TV channel on my brain in case I ever had occasion to be in London during baseball season again. It turns out that BT Sport-ESPN is an all-sports TV channel airing in the United Kingdom and Ireland – and it focuses on North American sports. It had been operated by ESPN from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, England’s BT Group acquired ESPN’s UK and Ireland TV business. In 2015, the channel was renamed BTS-ESPN.
The important thing here is that baseball games are televised in the United Kingdom. This is good news for those of us who find themselves in the UK during baseball season. BT has several other sports channels as well and, in fact, BTS 1 is showing the Astros-Yankees game tonight. Or tomorrow morning. Sometime soon? Yesterday? I’m not sure about the whole time difference thing…