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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.

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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.

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