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AMI announces Toronto Blue Jays spring training special along with coverage for 2016 season

Media Advisory

/EIN News/ -- TORONTO, March 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it will air 15 Sportsnet simulcasts of Toronto Blue Jays games in 2016 with live described video making them accessible to fans who are blind and partially sighted. Additionally, AMI will air a 30-minute special, Toronto Blue Jays on Deck, providing a behind the scenes look at the team during spring training.

This is the fifth consecutive season that AMI will air live described broadcasts of Blue Jays games. AMI began its relationship with Canada's Major League Baseball Team in 2012 when it became the first ever broadcaster to air an MLB game with live described video. AMI will kick off the 2016 season with the Toronto Blue Jays on Deck special followed by the Home Opener on April 8 against the Boston Red Sox.
 
"This is an exciting time to be a Jays fan and we're pleased to provide our audience with the opportunity to share in that excitement through live description," says John Melville, Vice-President of Programming and Production for AMI-tv. "Our partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays organization not only highlights AMI's commitment to making accessible media for all Canadians but the team's commitment to creating an inclusive fan culture across the country." 
 
AMI is proud to have a number of seasoned sports broadcast professionals return as part of the live described video team for the games this season, including Sam Cosentino, Jim Van Horne, Norma Wick and Rob Simpson.
 
AMI's 2016 schedule for Toronto Blue Jays baseball is as follows (all times are in ET):

Friday, April 8 vs. Boston Red Sox at 7 p.m. (Toronto Blue Jays on Deck and Home Opener)
Saturday, April 23 vs. Oakland Athletics at 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 vs. LA Dodgers at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11 vs. San Francisco Giants  at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24 vs. NY Yankees at 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 vs. Baltimore Orioles at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at 4 p.m.
Friday, July 1 vs. Cleveland Indians at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6 vs. Kansas City Royals at 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 vs. Houston Astros at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, August 17 vs. NY Yankees at 1 p.m.

Four games in September 2016 are still to be determined. Please note, all dates and times are subject to change.

Catch all the action of Toronto Blue Jays baseball on AMI-tv. Check your local listings or visit AMI.ca for details.
 
About Accessible Media Inc. 
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI's mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca.

CONTACT: Janis Davidson Pressick, Communications Manager
         800-567-6755 ext. 0971 janis.davidsonpressick@ami.ca

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