MLB, ESPN Sign New 8-Year Deal

Ryan Lavarnway of the Boston Red Sox gets behind the dugout television camera before a game with the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

ESPN has been carrying Major League Baseball for more than two decades. That relationship has been extended for another eight years.

The rich keep getting richer and richer.

Recently, I wrote here about the Los Angeles Dodgers working on new local TV deals that could be worth as much as $8 billion over a 20-year period, a possible average of $400 million per season.

Tuesday, it was revealed that one of Major League Baseball's national TV partners, ESPN, is re-upping with the league in a deal that could be worth $700 million per year:

ESPN has agreed to a deal that locks down MLB rights into the next decade, according to several sources. The eight-year deal is worth $5.6B (an average of $700M per year), approximately doubling the nearly $306M ESPN currently pays MLB every year for domestic TV rights.

The deal also includes radio rights that could be worth $50 million; ESPN would continue its Sunday Night Baseball franchise, do other games during the week, and carry one wild-card game. This also will not surprise you:

ESPN also picked up rights to carry games featuring more popular teams, like the Yankees and Red Sox, more frequently.

And, as Maury Brown notes, there's more money to come from other TV partners:

The rich, as noted, keep getting richer. Much richer.

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