(Las Vegas, NV) – March 1, 2023 – The Las Vegas Aviators® professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, Triple-A affiliate of the OaklandAthletics, announced today that Bally Sports Ohio will televise the Spring Training two-game series at Las Vegas Ballpark® featuring the Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics on
(Las Vegas, NV) – March 1, 2023 – The Las Vegas Aviators® professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, Triple-A affiliate of the OaklandAthletics, announced today that Bally Sports Ohio will televise the Spring Training two-game series at Las Vegas Ballpark® featuring the Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics on Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5 at 1:05 p.m.
John Sadak (lead play-by-play) and Chris Welsh (analyst) will call the action on Bally Sports Ohio.
Sadak is beginning his third season as the lead play-by-play broadcaster for the Reds Television Network. He is also a play-by-play announcer with CBS Sports TV and Westwood One Radio. His broadcast tenure includes play-by-play in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, volleyball, water polo and field hockey.
Welsh is beginning his 31st season as Reds TV analyst. From 1993-2009, Chris and partner George Grande worked together for the 17 seasons as the longest-running TV duo in Reds history.
The A’s will also broadcast the two-game series on Bloomberg 960 AM and A’s Cast. The radio broadcast for Big League Weekend will feature Ken Korach, returning for his 28th season (32nd year in the American League) with the A’s and his 18th as the team’s lead radio announcer and Vince Cotroneo, beginning his 18th season with the Club.
Prior to joining the A’s, Cotroneo spent six seasons (1998-2003) as an announcer on the Texas Rangers broadcasts. He joined the Rangers broadcast team in 1998 after spending seven seasons (1991-97) with the Houston Astros.
In the long history of the A’s in Oakland, Korach has spent the most time doing play-by-play on radio for the A’s (27 seasons). He was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in September of 2019 and honored as the 2013 California Sportscaster of the Year and the 2001 Nevada Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. He was inducted in 2017 into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California and in 2003 into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
He also was a broadcaster for the Las Vegas Stars of the Pacific Coast League from 1989-91 and the play-by-play voice of UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball and football.
The Aviators, under manager Fran Riordan, will open their 40th Anniversary season (1983-2023) in the Silver State against intrastate rival, the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Northern Nevada on Friday, March 31. The 2023 home opener will be on Tuesday, April 4 against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, at Las Vegas Ballpark.
The Aviators led the PCL in 2022 home attendance with a total of 518,221 for an average of 6,910 in 75 dates which included 11 sellouts.
2023 Las Vegas Aviators season and group tickets, including suites, party decks and the pool are available by calling the Aviators administrative offices at (702) 943-7200 or emailing [email protected].
Official licensed Aviators team merchandise is available on the “Team Shop” section of the website at www.aviatorslv.com.
About Las Vegas Aviators®
The Las Vegas Aviators® have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada. The 2022 campaign marked the 40th calendar season in the Silver State as a proud member of Triple-A professional baseball of the Pacific Coast League and the third season in Las Vegas Ballpark (8,196). The Aviators led all minor league baseball in 2019 attendance with a total of 650,934 for an average of 9,299. Las Vegas recorded 47 sellouts and 23 crowds of 10,000+.
In 2021, Las Vegas led Triple-A West in home attendance with a total of 428,369 for an average of 6,590.
The Aviators were the recipient of the 2021 Baseball America Triple-A Freitas Award, given to the organization of the year at each level of the Minor Leagues.
In 2022, Las Vegas led the PCL in home attendance with a total of 518,221 for an average of 6,910. It marked the second-highest attendance total for a single season in franchise history.
The Stars (1983-2000)/51s (2001-18)/Aviators (2019 - present) have reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 39 seasons (36 seasons at Cashman Field, 1983-2018; Las Vegas Ballpark, 2019, 2021-22). The Aviators have played three seasons as the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics and the franchise won the PCL championship in 1986 and 1988.
About Las Vegas Ballpark®
Las Vegas Ballpark®, located on eight acres in Downtown Summerlin® just south of City National Arena – practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights, is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city's professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The team is wholly owned by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the award-winning master-planned community of Summerlin® and developer of Las Vegas Ballpark. With a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids' zone, bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall, Las Vegas Ballpark boasts a capacity of 8,196. Designed to host a variety of events in addition to baseball, the site is landscaped to complement the surrounding master-planned community. The site is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway. For more on Las Vegas Ballpark, visit www.thelvballpark.com.
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