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.
[tweet https://twitter.com/Ourand_SBJ/status/240440734837264385]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.