MLB completes 8-year deal with Fox, Turner Sports

Major League Baseball agreed with Fox and Turner Sports on eight-year contracts that will run through 2021 and keep the World Series on Fox. The amount baseball receives from the two networks will double to an average of about $800 million annually, with Fox's share averaging about $500 million.

Fox also will retain rights to the All-Star game and a league championship series every year, and adds coverage of two division series starting in 2014. Fox broadcast the World Series in 1996 and 1998, and has had exclusive rights in 2000.

TBS will retain the rights to air one league championship series, two division series and one wild-card game.

MLB Network will continue to have the right to two games from one division series in the new eight-year deal.

Fox and TBS will alternate between showing the American League and National League playoffs from year to year. MLB Network's two division series game will come from Fox's games. ESPN and MLB in August announced a new deal covering 2014-21 that will increase ESPN's average yearly payment from about $360 million to approximately $700 million.

- Associated Press


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