TBS airs 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show July 1

Turner
Broadcasting System (TBS) will air the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show
presented by Chevrolet for the first time in the network’s 30 year history of
airing Major League Baseball on Sun., July 1 at approximately 4 p.m. ET, or
immediately following the 1 p.m. ET game between the Atlanta Braves and Florida
Marlins. The show, which will be hosted by Ernie Johnson, will include
the debut of the newest TBS MLB announcers, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn, who
along with Johnson will exclusively reveal the starters and reserves for the
2007 American and National League All-Star teams. Ripken, a 19-time
All-Star, and Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star, will both be inducted into the
National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29.

Ripken
will serve as studio analyst and Gwynn will serve as the network’s lead game
analyst during TBS’ MLB postseason action which includes exclusive coverage of
the MLB Division Series and the National League Championship Series.

“The MLB
All-Star Selection Show is our first opportunity to show baseball fans what we
think will be an All-Star announcing lineup for TBS,” said Jeff Behnke, Turner
Sports executive producer. “With more than 30-plus years of combined
All-Star experience, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn are two of baseball’s most
revered players. We’re looking forward to showcasing their knowledge and
insights and giving fans a taste of the engaging MLB coverage they’ll see
during TBS’ upcoming post-season coverage.”

Leading up
to the exclusive All-Star announcements, Johnson, Ripken and Gwynn will be
joined via satellite by Jim Leyland, manager of the American League All-Star
team and the American League Champion Detroit Tigers. The show will also
include an interview with New York Yankees third baseman and 10-time All-Star Alex
Rodriguez, who during the 2001 All-Star Game switched positions with Ripken,
Jr. on the field, allowing Ripken to start the game at his old shortstop
position. Johnson, Ripken and Gwynn will conduct interviews with other
participants in the 2007 MLB All-Star Game, and in-game mic’d up vignettes of
elite American and National League players including Milwaukee Brewers first
baseman Prince Fielder will air during the show.

Exclusive
coverage of the 2007 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet will
be televised nationally on TBS at approximately 4:00 p.m. ET or immediately
following the 1:00 p.m. ET game between the Atlanta Braves and Florida
Marlins. Each All-Star squad will have a total of eight elected starters,
as determined by the fan balloting program, and 23 pitchers and reserves, as
determined by the “Player Ballot” and the two All-Star Team managers in
conjunction with Major League Baseball.

This fall TBS
will air its first MLB postseason games with exclusive coverage of the MLB
Division Series and the NL Championship Series. Ernie Johnson and Cal
Ripken, Jr. will provide studio coverage, while Tony Gwynn joins play-by-play
announcer Chip Caray in the announcers’ booth as the lead announcing team
throughout the network’s MLB Playoffs coverage.