Just breaking now, Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand is reporting that ESPN has extended its current deal with Major League Baseball, an eight year, $5.6 billion deal that keeps baseball on the Alleged Worldwide Leader well into the next decade.
Ourand reports that ESPN will keep the rights to Sunday, Monday and Wednesday Night Baseball. It gets back into the MLB Postseason with the rights to air one Wild Card Playoff Game. ESPN also gets additional digital, international and radio rights plus permission to show cut-ins like no-hitters in progress.
And you’ll get to see more Yankees and Red Sox games.
We’ll see if the other MLB rightsholders, Fox and TBS will be able to retain their packages or if NBC can come and scoop one up.
More to follow.