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MLB signs media extension with Fox, lifts Saturday blackouts

In a new national TV deal with FOX, MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv will no longer black out Saturday out-of-market games. The news was tweeted by the league's PR department on Tuesday morning:

https://twitter.com/MLB_PR/status/253157224388640768

The deal comes as part of a new eight-year broadcast rights extension between MLB, Fox and TBS. Together, the deals are worth $6.8 billion, and combined with an ESPN deal signed in August, MLB increased its national TV revenue by more than 100%.

CBS Sports' Dayn Perry called the blackout lift "woefully belated," and analysts weighed in on Twitter, explaining what the new policy would mean for fans:

https://twitter.com/BizballMaury/status/253163018643443713

https://twitter.com/BizballMaury/status/253163307052187648

Bud Selig spoke at a press conference to announce the new media extension.

https://twitter.com/Ourand_SBJ/status/253164231694884864

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