In TV rights negotiations, Fox has told Major League Baseball officials that it not only wants to renew its current rights, but also acquire those that Turner now holds, according to sources. Fox needs the extra games to implement plans to convert Speed into an all-sports network. Fox would continue to air league championship games and World Series on broadcast network. Fox is not alone in the bidding. Turner and NBC are in the game, too.
In TV rights negotiations with Major League Baseball, Fox has told MLB officials that it not only wants to renew the rights it has now, but also those that Turner has, according to sources. Fox’s wants to use the super-sized package of games to undergird plans to convert Speed into an all-sports network. Fox would continue to put league championship games and World Series on its broadcast network. Fox is not alone in the bidding for rights. Turner and NBC are still in the game.
Depending on how the rights negotiations play out, CBS could have baseball for the first time in almost two decades or Fox could acquire rights to even more games and use them to launch a cable sports channel that would look to challenge Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN.
At an average of $700 million a year, the new eight-year is twice as rich as the current deal. Major League Baseball now turns its attention to the rest of its media package, which includes Divisional playoff series, Championship playoff series and the World Series, as well as a Saturday Game of the Week.
TBS has gained exclusive television rights to the new American League and National League wild card playoff games this year and next, and the MLB Network will air postseason games for the first time, it was announced today.
Major League Baseball plans to revamp its divisions and playoff format with a series of moves that will have significant ramifications for at least two of its media partners — Fox and Turner Broadcasting — and millions of fans.
Major League Baseball and embattled Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt have agreed to a unique structure for the auction of one of the game’s most-storied franchises. Under a deal hammered out during two weeks of intense negotiations last month, MLB won’t oppose McCourt and his advisers’ efforts to solicit separate bids for the team and the future media rights to its games, according to people familiar with the talks.
The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals might be headed to the World Series, but the Philadelphia Phillies garnered the top local TV ratings in 2011. This season, nearly one-tenth of Philadelphia households — the most of any market — tuned in during regular season, locally televised Phillies games, and more than double (21.6%) of those households tuned in during the playoffs. Interestingly, half of the playoff teams were among the top 10 for household ratings for regular season, locally televised games and all three top teams made the playoffs.
Fox Sports’ coverage of the upcoming American League Championship Series will include six robotic cameras in the dugouts, an Inertia Unlimited xMo, two Sony HDC3300 super-slo-mos,a Steadicam and two RF units.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig vetoed a long-term media deal for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, a move that could push the club into insolvency and set up a lengthy court battle between Selig and embattled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
Anheuser-Busch reached a new sponsorship agreement with Major League Baseball and dropped a suit it filed against the league in November.