FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
PEACOCK AND NBC SPORTS ANNOUNCE 2023 MLB SUNDAY LEADOFF SCHEDULE
Second Season of Peacock’s Exclusive Sunday Morning MLB Package Features 19 Games, Live MLB Window Exclusivity until 1:35 p.m. ET, and NBC Sports-Produced Pregame & Postgame Shows
Opening MLB Sunday Leadoff Game: National League Champion Phillies Host Rockies at 12:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 23
Baltimore Orioles at Atlanta Braves on Sunday, May 7, to Simulstream Live on NBC and Peacock at 11:35 a.m. ET
Peacock Features the Most Live Sports of Any Direct-to-Consumer Streamer in the United States
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 31, 2023 – Peacock and NBC Sports today announced the 2023 schedule for MLB Sunday Leadoff, Peacock’s exclusive package of Sunday morning Major League Baseball games, featuring 19 live games from April 23–September 3.
Beginning on Sunday, April 23, with the defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies hosting the Colorado Rockies at 12:05 p.m. ET from Citizens Bank Park, Peacock will stream an NBC Sports-produced baseball game live in 19 of 20 weeks. Each game will feature NBC Sports-produced pre- and post-game shows on Peacock.
On each of the 19 Sundays that Peacock presents a game, it will be scheduled as the exclusive home of live MLB action until 1:35 p.m. ET that day, when the remainder of the day’s schedule will begin. The package will include start times of 11:35 a.m. ET (six games), 12:05 p.m. ET (10 games), and 1:05 p.m. ET (three games).
On Sunday, May 7, the matchup between 2022 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up Adley Rutschman and the Baltimore Orioles visiting Ronald Acuna Jr. and the defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves (11:35 a.m. ET) will be presented live on both Peacock and NBC, marking the second consecutive year in which the NBC broadcast network will present a live MLB game (last season’s package-opening White Sox-Red Sox game on May 8, 2022).
Highlights of the 2023 MLB Sunday Leadoff slate (full schedule below): the New York Yankees and Aaron Judge, who set the American League record with 62 home runs last season, visiting the Cincinnati Reds on May 21; the Los Angeles Dodgers, who led MLB with 111 wins last season, visiting the Tampa Bay Rays on May 28; the World Series champion Houston Astros hosting the Seattle Mariners (Aug. 20); and the 101-win New York Mets hosting the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 27. The MLB Sunday Leadoff season concludes on Sept. 3 with the Phillies visiting the Milwaukee Brewers.
“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Major League Baseball and build upon last season’s MLB Sunday Leadoff success,” said Rick Cordella, President, Programming, NBC Sports, Peacock Sports. “The exclusive presentation of MLB games in a unique Sunday morning time slot, which caters to baseball fans and families alike, continues to make Peacock the go-to streaming destination for sports fans.”
NBC Sports’ MLB coverage includes the Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, which launches tomorrow (Feb. 1) featuring comprehensive player profiles, rankings, and projections, as well as the ‘Circling the Bases’ fantasy baseball podcast, which is available now on all major podcast platforms.
The MLB Sunday Leadoff package began in 2022 with 18 exclusive Sunday morning games on Peacock, continuing NBC Sports’ storied baseball tradition. The first Major League Baseball television broadcast was a 1939 Cincinnati Reds-Brooklyn Dodgers doubleheader on W2XBS (the precursor to WNBC-TV) in New York.
NBC Sports was a home to the first World Series broadcast in 1947, the first All-Star Game nationally broadcast in 1952, and has televised 39 World Series – more than any other network. Additionally, from 1957-2000, NBC Sports was home to a wealth of baseball programming, including Game of the Week and Monday Night Baseball telecasts, more than 30 All-Star Games, and countless Postseason moments.
Peacock’s expansive programming offers the most live sports of any direct-to-consumer streaming service in the United States, featuring live coverage including Sunday Night Football, Olympic Games, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, Big Ten football (beginning in September), and much more. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.
To learn more about Peacock and MLB Sunday Leadoff, including how to sign up, click here.
2023 MLB Sunday Leadoff Schedule on Peacock
|April 23||12:05 p.m.||Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies|
|April 30||12:05 p.m.||Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins|
|May 7||11:35 a.m.||Baltimore Orioles at Atlanta Braves*|
|May 14||11:35 a.m.||Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Guardians|
|May 21||11:35 a.m.||New York Yankees at Cincinnati Reds|
|May 28||11:35 a.m.||Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays|
|June 4||11:35 a.m.||St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates|
|June 11||11:35 a.m.||Arizona Diamondbacks at Detroit Tigers|
|June 18||1:05 p.m.||Baltimore Orioles at Chicago Cubs|
|July 2||12:05 p.m.||Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles|
|July 9||12:05 p.m.||Texas Rangers at Washington Nationals|
|July 16||12:05 p.m.||San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates|
|July 23||12:05 p.m.||San Diego Padres at Detroit Tigers|
|July 30||12:05 p.m.||Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays|
|August 6||12:05 p.m.||Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians|
|August 13||12:05 p.m.||Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox|
|August 20||1:05 p.m.||Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros|
|August 27||12:05 p.m.||Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets|
|September 3||1:05 p.m.||Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers|
|*Simulstreams live on NBC and Peacock|