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Friday, May 14, 2021

ESPN, MLB announce seven-year extension running through 2028

ESPN and Major League Baseball announced a seven-year contract extension Thursday that will see the network carry 30 regular-season games per year plus wild-card games.

The deal, which runs through 2028, allows ESPN to show 25 weeks of Sunday Night Baseball and the MLB Little League Classic. It will also have an Opening Night game and the Home Run Derby around the All-Star Game. ESPN can show alternate versions of each game, such as the popular StatCast broadcasts on ESPN2. All telecasts will be exclusive.

ESPN currently shows one of two wild-card games. In 2022, if MLB expands to eight series, as it did in 2020, ESPN would carry the entire schedule of games. If the wild-card playoffs don’t expand, ESPN would get eight more regular-season games exclusively per year.

In addition, ESPN will be able to create new MLB content for ESPN+, including highlight-driven programming. There will continue to be a game nearly every day on ESPN+, subject to local blackout restrictions, and all games on ESPN or ABC can be simulcast on ESPN+.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2021 at 09:22 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 14, 2021 at 06:34 PM (#6018889)
Interestingly, money is never mentioned in the article. (Does ESPN have some kind of clause to drop out/reduce payments in case the whole gazillions-for-sports-rights business model suddenly collapses like a house of cards?)
   2. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: May 16, 2021 at 12:05 AM (#6019008)
$550M/year, down 22% off the last ESPN deal. Or, $18.3M/year per team. Also currently known as a year of Yasmani Grandal.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 16, 2021 at 12:45 AM (#6019011)
#2 doesn’t really give the full picture. ESPN is televising fewer games, so they are paying less, but the games will be exclusive, boosting their audience. ESPN will get more playoff games, and pay more, if the playoffs are expanded. MLB is likely to come out ahead if it packages the midweek games ESPN didn’t pickup in another TV package.

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