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Report: ESPN, MLB agree to $5.6 billion broadcast rights deal

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.

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.