Fox Sports extends MLB rights
November 16, 2018
Fox Sports and Major League Baseball have reached a new multi-year, multiplatform rights agreement expanding the network’s US television, digital and Spanish-language rights and cementing Fox Sports as the home to baseball’s marquee events for the next decade.
Fox Sports and Fox Deportes maintain the television rights to MLB’s jewel events, including serving as the exclusive television broadcast partner of the World Series, one League Championship Series, two Division Series and the All-Star Game. The network’s League Championship Series and Division Series coverage will remain the same as it’s been since 2014, alternating leagues each season. As in previous agreements, MLB Network will continue to have the rights to two games from the League’s Division Series that Fox is airing. Under terms of the new deal, Fox Sports will also expand its digital rights.
Under the new agreement, Fox Sports continues its Saturday regular-season broadcast windows – two per Saturday (52 total) – with highlights packages as well as MLB-centric programmes and Spanish-language rights through Fox Deportes. Beginning in 2022, the amount of regular season and postseason games televised by the Fox broadcast network will increase. In addition, the new MLB and Fox agreement will include expanded streaming, social media and highlight rights. Fox also will televise special event games to be determined over the term of the agreement.
“Fox Sports has been our national television partner for over 20 years and I could not be more pleased to announce the extension of our relationship through the 2028 season,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr.. “We value Fox Sports’ commitment to baseball and are excited to continue our partnership with this new agreement. Their innovative presentation of Major League Baseball through game telecasts and special programming across all their platforms has helped strengthen and elevate our sports’ popularity.”