USA TODAY Sports Fantasy Baseball League Draft to Be Broadcast Live on Sirius XM Radio This Weekend

Mar 04, 2011, 09:38 ET from USA TODAY

Tune in Saturday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. ET for the AL & Sunday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. ET for the NL

MCLEAN, Va., March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 18th season of USA TODAY's experts fantasy baseball league – the League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR) – will make its broadcast debut this weekend with live coverage on SiriusXM Radio.

SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio will carry the USA TODAY Sports LABR American League and National League drafts live from The Arizona Republic headquarters in Phoenix on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight ET. SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM channel 147 and Sirius channel 211 with the "Best of XM") will provide live coverage of the drafts with host Kyle Elfrink and analyst Jeff Erickson providing commentary and interviewing the participants.

LABR began in 1994 under the direction of then-Baseball Weekly fantasy columnist John Hunt, who recruited some of the top names in the fledgling fantasy baseball industry to participate. Among them, sabermetrics pioneer Bill James, TV anchor Keith Olbermann and future fantasy sports Hall of Famer Greg Ambrosius. The name LABR was coined by Olbermann and it played on the unsettled labor situation baseball had at the time. Throughout the league's history, only one person -- Ambrosius -- has participated in all 17 seasons.

"We are thrilled that the USA TODAY Sports LABR Draft will be broadcast live on SiriusXM this year. This is a great opportunity for fantasy owners who usually have to anxiously wait for information to leak out through participants' websites. This gives them a chance to follow the draft live as it happens so they can get insights on draft strategy directly from the owners themselves," said Monte Lorell, USA TODAY sports editor.

The 2011 USA TODAY Sports LABR Draft lineups are (in order of 2010 finish):

AL - Affiliation

Steve Gardner - USA TODAY

Chris Liss - Rotowire

Brad Evans - Yahoo

Dave Adler - Baseball HQ

Larry Schechter - Sandlot Shrink

Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton - Rotoworld

Lawr Michaels - Mastersball.com

Jason Grey - ESPN

Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs - NFBC

Nick Minnix - KFFL.com

Perry Van Hook* - Fantasybaseball.com

Tom Trudeau* - Bloomberg Sports


NL - Affiliation

Clay Davenport - Baseball Prospectus

Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs - NFBC

Steve Moyer - Baseball Info Solutions

Steve Gardner - USA TODAY

Dalton Del Don - Rotowire

Brandon Funston - Yahoo

Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton - Rotoworld

Derek Carty - Hardball Times

Doug Dennis - Baseball HQ

Bob Radomski - Sandlot Shrink

Tristan Cockcroft - ESPN

Eric Karabell* - ESPN

Rudy Gamble* - Razzball.com


*new to each league in 2011



Fantasy owners can follow the drafts and see the team rosters online by going to USA TODAY's Fantasy Windup blog (fantasywindup.usatoday.com) or USA TODAY's fantasy baseball home page (fantasybaseball.usatoday.com).

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