Fox's primary goal when it first began airing Major League Baseball games was to promote their weak prime time schedule (which at the time included only a handful of hits, such as established series Beverly Hills 90210, The Simpsons and Married... Fox Sports president Ed Goren said, "We'll use the World Series and League Championship Series to spur our shows".
Like its predecessor NBC, Fox determined its Saturday schedule by which MLB franchise was playing a team from one of the three largest television markets – New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago.
Fox Major League Baseball (shortened to Fox MLB and also known as Major League Baseball on Fox, MLB on Fox, or MLB on FS1) a presentation of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by Fox Sports, the sports division of the Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox). The broadcaster has aired the World Series in 1996, 1998 and every edition since 2000, and the All-Star Game in 1997, 1999, and every year since 2001.
It has also aired the National League Championship Series and American League Championship Series on alternate years from 1996 to 2000, both from 2001 to 2006, and again on alternate years since 2007, with the National League on odd years and the American League on even years.
It has kept its cost escalation at a very modest number.