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ESPN Paid Quite A Bit To Keep Baseball – $5.6 Billion Over Eight Years

August 28, 2012 – Evan Stambaugh

According to Sports Business Journal, ESPN has reached an agreement that keeps MLB games for the next eight years. ESPN paid a whopping $5.6 billion for the eight-year deal, which equals out to about $700 million per year. The new deal almost doubles the amount of money per year that ESPN already pays for MLB games (they pay $306 million per year already).

Two other relevant parts of this deal:

ESPN also will carry one Wild Card playoff game … ESPN also picked up rights to carry games featuring more popular teams, like the Yankees and Red Sox, more frequently.

[Sports Business Journal]



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