TBS will be granted the rights to air the two new Wild Card games in this year's MLB postseason, according to Richard Sandomir of the New York Times.
Five yrs after acquiring LDS rights and one LCS each year, TBS addd two new wild card games in deal to be announced at 12:30
— Richard Sandomir (@RichSandomir) May 17, 2012
TBS previously had the rights to the ALDS and NLDS series, but with the advent of the expanded playoff system, the television network has acquired more coverage. The new system is designed to provide more opportunities for teams to play in the post season while also penalizing the wild card teams for not winning their respective divisions. Under the previous system, the only penalty for claiming the wild card as opposed to the divisional title is that the wild card team is forced to play the opponent within their league with the best record in the opening round of the playoffs. Now they will be forced to play in an elimination game to earn a berth to the divisional series.