The last few weeks have brought some disturbing changes to how fans get the Padres radio broadcasts. The problems have been well-documented here and elsewhere by people who I feel are much more qualified to talk about the subject, as I barely listen to Padres games on the radio.
Even in the years before Entercom came around, I would mainly tune in on the radio when in my car. Maybe once or twice a season something would happen with the power or cable going out and I’d have to break out the portable radio to get my fix. But, for the most part, I watch the games on TV.
Having said that, I’ve received questions from a few people asking about options to listening on 97.3 THE MACHINE. I’ve gathered all the information I could find and put it all right here for quick access.
MLB.tv Gameday Audio
This is the most obvious solution to the problem, but it’s going to cost you some cash. For $19.99 a year you get full access to the audio feeds of EVERY game ALL season. It’s a pretty great deal for a baseball fan, even for those of us who can listen to terrestrial radio. You will be able to listen on your computer or through the MLB At-Bat mobile app.
Now the only problem I can see with this is you still have to listen to Ted Leitner, Jesse Agler, and Tony Gwynn Jr. say, “You’re listening to the Padres Radio Network on 97.3 THE MACHINE,” before every commercial break.
MLB.tv Free For T-Mobile Subscribers
For those of you out there who just so happen to have a mobile phone through T-Mobile, guess what? You get the best deal imaginable. It’s not just the audio feeds, it also includes the TV feeds. For EVERY game. ALL season. For those of us who don’t have a T-Mobile phone, it’s $115.99 a year to get the same deal.
But here’s the catch: T-Mobile subscribers have to sign up starting today, March 27, and the offer goes away on April 2 at 11:59pm PDT. So you have less than a week to take advantage.
FOX Sports GO
The last option for fans is probably not ideal, but it’s there. If you get FOX Sports San Diego via your cable or satellite package you can use the FOX Sports GO website or the mobile app to stream the games. Since every game this season is on FSSD (except March 31, which is on FS1) you can get your fix that way. The only issue is that it’s the TV broadcasts and there isn’t an audio-only feed. So if you’re on your phone and not on wifi you’ll be burning through your mobile data plan like a hot knife through butter.
There you have it. Is it as easy as changing the station on your car radio? No. In fact, it’s a lot less convenient, in my opinion. Unless you have a connected car or a bluetooth receiver for your car stereo it’s damn inconvenient all-around. But the options exist. And if you’re serious about ditching THE MACHINE, then like Alexi Amarista at shortstop, it’s better than nothing.