New MLB TV Rights Deal, Staying With FOX

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https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-major-league-baseball-tv-rights-world-series-1203029515/
Major League Baseball and 21st Century Fox signed a new rights agreement that will keep the national pastime’s biggest games on Fox Sports and Fox Broadcasting for the next several years.

Under the terms of the pact, Fox Sports and Fox Deportes maintain exclusive television broadcast rights to the World Series, one League Championship Series, two Division Series and the All-Star Game. As in previous agreements, the league’s MLB Network will continue to have the rights to two games from the League’s Division Series that Fox is airing. Fox Sports will also expand its digital rights.
Terms of the deal could not be immediately learned, but Fox said the new agreement would make it “the home to baseball’s marquee events for the next decade.” Fox and Major League Baseball have been broadcast partners for more than two decades.
More Joe Buck coming your way. Interested to see what the 'expanding digital rights' part means.
 

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Did MLB make sure to negotiate in the contract that they tell FOX when to put the games on so we don't have a repeat of this year with NLCS Game 4 having a 9 PM start time on a Tuesday on a garbage network like FS1?
 

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Did MLB make sure to negotiate in the contract that they tell FOX when to put the games on so we don't have a repeat of this year with NLCS Game 4 having a 9 PM start time on a Tuesday on a garbage network like FS1?
Please no more early round games on MLB Network and get the hell off of TBS. MLB sometimes is ran like a 2nd rate operation. How can you not have all the games on network TV?
 

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Please no more early round games on MLB Network and get the hell off of TBS. MLB sometimes is ran like a 2nd rate operation. How can you not have all the games on network TV?
I don't think that's an MLB "problem", it's a sports "problem". And I put problem in quotes because it seems that this is the new reality. Unless it's the Championship or close to it, the first few rounds of the playoffs are on cable. It's been like that for a while. The first rounds of the NBA games are on ESPN or even on the teams' cable channels. Same with the NHL, though instead of ESPN; it's on NBC Sports. I think that there is at least one or two first round games on ESPN for the NFL.

Once things get serious, then it goes to a prime-time broadcast. Baseball, especially with the numbers it did last post season, should have no quarrel with being treated the same.
 

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Please no more early round games on MLB Network and get the hell off of TBS. MLB sometimes is ran like a 2nd rate operation. How can you not have all the games on network TV?
Agreed, see Russo's rant also.
Fox should also move Smoltz down to the B team and move in someone with an actual pulse.
 

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MLB has a huge struggle competing with the NFL (3 nights a week) and college football on weekends.

I'm sure the additional cable outlets and overlapping games has a lot to do with that.
 

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all games need to be on mlb network

if i ran mlb here is what i wouild do

1 day postseason games are back or games start no later than 6 30 est for 1 game 3 est for 2 games
2 if a team is up by 10 runs or more after 7 inn it can be call final reg season only
3 DH in both legers
4 1 doubleheaders every 2 weeks for each game for the first 90 games non div opp
5 reg season only after 10 inn if game is tied 11 inn runner on 1st no outs 12 inning 1st and 2nd no outs 13 inn bases loaded no outs
 

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Bump....

Apologies if this is the wrong place... thought we had a specific thread for MLB.tv, but I couldn't find it.

I just got email from the Sox saying that, as a benefit of my season ticket package (10th man plan), I'm getting MLB.tv for free this year. Seems like a pretty major benefit, which is cool. Surprised this hadn't come to light before.
 

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