ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to a new eight-year, $5.6 billion broadcast rights deal, reports John Ourand in SportsBusiness Daily.
The deal will allow ESPN to carry a Wild Card game and feature popular teams such as the New York Yankees more often, Ourand reports.
The cost is “approximately double” the $306 million per year ESPN pays MLB to broadcast games, Ourand reports.
Source: As part of its MLB deal, ESPN gets much more programming, including a 13 percent increase in the number of live games it can show.—
John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) August 28, 2012
ESPN’s also increases its digital and international rights in the deal. The network will maintain its schedule of showing games on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday each week.