Report: ESPN Inks 8-Year, $5.6B Deal With Major League Baseball

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Deadline.comAugust 28, 2012

The numbers work out to roughly $700 million a year, more than twice the current deal, according to the Sports Business Journal. Full details weren’t revealed, but the deal grants ESPN domestic and international television rights, as well as digital and radio rights, according to news reports. NBC, Turner, and Fox are still bidding for Fox/TBS packages. Under the new deal ESPN also will carry one Wild Card playoff game and ESPN also picked up rights to carry games featuring more popular teams, like the Yankees and Red Sox, more frequently, according to SBJ. ESPN and MLB have scheduled a conference call later today to discuss the deal.

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