Ever since I learned that they got their nickname and colors from the New York Giants, I’ve been fascinated with the Yomiuri Giants. The once dominating franchise, however, has not been playing like the Giants of old. They’re second division this year and now comes some remarkable news regarding their broadcasts. As Wayne Graczyk notes in his article at Asia Media
"According to the Nikkan Sports paper of July 8, Tokyo's Fuji-TV and its network affiliates will next month discontinue terrestrial telecasts of Yomiuri Giants road games. To watch the games live in the future, viewers will need a cable or satellite system that includes the channels Fuji 739 and Fuji 721.
....Airing the Giants night games in prime or "golden" time made lots of yen for the broadcasters who could easily sell commercial time when sponsors knew families were at home "having dinner with the Giants." Viewer ratings were high, even though most games were picked up an hour into the action and sometimes cut off at inopportune moments because the TV time had "run out."
Wayne also writes about the end of an era for a radio service many GIs knew as “A FARTS.”
Meanwhile, the American Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, according to an Associated Press item that appeared in The Japan Times' Sports Briefs section also on July 8, has announced it will no longer broadcast live sporting events on radio around the world, ending more than 60 years of play-by-play coverage.
When I was stationed in England in 1984-1985, and living in the sea side town of Felixestowe, I could barely get the AFRTS station. I depended mostly on the Stars and Stripes newspaper. It was delivered every morning to the BX (Base Exchange) at Bentwaters Air Base where I ate breakfast. But the delay meant you were two games behind.
In the ensuing 20 years, things have changed a bit….