ESPN and MLB Sign 8-Year Deal

Sep 14, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to an eight-year deal, ESPN and ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday.

The agreement includes eight regular seasons, from 2006 to 2013, including the continuation of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” series, a revitalized “Monday Night Baseball” series and exclusive team appearances on the network. ESPN said it will have “virtually no blackouts” as the franchise will co-exist with local carriers.

ESPN and MLB had already reached long-term agreements covering rights for ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes.com and ESPN360, the company’s broadband service.

“Today we have significantly enhanced the value of our summer cornerstone television programming with increased team appearances on Sunday nights, extensive blackout lift rights on Monday nights and more game and studio flexibility to showcase the great sport of baseball like no other media company,” Mr. Bodenheimer said.