We’re only a few days away from the first Blue Jays game of 2021.
On Sunday, the team will head to George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa to play the Yankees, a game that will be televised on Sportsnet. But don’t get used to these Grapefruit Games reaching your screen.
According to a post from Rob Longley in the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays are banning fans and media from their training complex on the other side of Dunedin and Sportsnet isn’t planning to produce television broadcasts of Grapefruit games.
The Jays are one of a handful of teams that are banning fans and media from all activity at the club’s training complex 6 km across town from TD Ballpark. While the restrictions are allowed under MLB spring training regulations, it will certainly leave a void in the usual flow of information and allow the Jays to control exactly what details become available to their loyal fan base.
Once games begin, the exposure will increase with limited numbers of fans and media allowed in the stadiums, but even then fans will be left largely in the dark. Broadcast rights holder and fellow Rogers family member Sportsnet has no …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation