MLB, Fox extend TV broadcasting deal through 2028

Lewis Collier
November 15, 2018

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Major League Baseball and FOX Sports announced a new multi-year, multiplatform rights agreement to expand the network's television, digital and Spanish-language rights.

Reinforcing one of its live-sports tentpoles, Fox Sports has reached a 10-year, multi-platform extension with Major League Baseball. He's focused on pace-of-play, launched a high-profile domestic violence policy and entertained numerous ideas to build the game nationally and internationally - that includes games in different countries or in new USA locations, like Fort Bragg or the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. As has been the case since 2014, the postseason series televised by FOX Sports will rotate leagues each season. FOX also secures expanded streaming, social media and highlight rights, per the announcement. The deal joins others set recently by Fox for wrestling, boxing and the National Football League as the company reinforces Fox's live programming focus ahead of the close of the $71.3 billion merger with Disney.

"Since we began our historic partnership with Major League Baseball more than 20 years ago, MLB games on Fox have provided some of the most iconic moments in American sports", said Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract's rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion - a near-50 percent increase over the total value of the existing agreement between Major League Baseball and FOX.

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Under the terms of the television agreement, FOX Sports and FOX Deportes will retain exclusive rights to airing the World Series, one of the two annual League Championship Series and two of the four annual Division Series and the All-Star Game.

Fox will also continue Saturday regular-season broadcasts (52 total games a year).

Twenty-First Century Fox is the parent company of FOX Business and Fox News.

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