ESPN and Major League Baseball have reached an eight-year, multi-platform and multi-regional rights extension.The agreement covers rights for the United States, Europe, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East, Africa, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Cruise Ships.
MLB Commissioner Allan H. Selig says, “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am thrilled that we will continue our long-standing relationship with ESPN far into the future. The level of ESPN’s commitment to baseball – both financially and through its expanded content – is a testament to the strength of our game and its unprecedented popularity among our fans. Through its various networks and other media platforms, ESPN offers baseball fans more avenues to experience the game than ever before, and we’re thankful for their continued support.”
The agreement means that ESPN America will continue to be the home of MLB coverage throughout more than 40 countries in Europe, reaching more than 19 million homes. Under the expanded agreement, fans will be able to watch Spring Training games, more than 300 regular season MLB games (including ESPN’s Opening Day, Sunday Night, Monday Night and Wednesday Night Baseball games), the MLB All-Star Weekend (including the All-Star Game, State Farm Home Run Derby, Futures Game and Celebrity Softball Game), all post-season games, including the Wild Card presented by Budweiser games, Division Series, League Championship Series and The World Series.
ESPN President John Skipper, adds, “We’re thrilled to renew our long-standing agreement with Major League Baseball into the next decade. It’s a great property. The enormous scope of what we acquired will provide fans with more live baseball and more ways to access baseball content than ever before.”
The new agreement will guarantee a more than 30 year continuous relationship between ESPN and MLB – dating back to 1990 – which is one of the longest standing relationships between a network and a league. This year’s coverage of Major League Baseball continues on ESPN America, and the MLB Postseason begins on 5th October.