MLB and FOX Extend Their National Rights Deal for a Significant Bump

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MLB and FOX Extend Their National Rights Deal for a Significant Bump

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At the Owner’s Meetings, MLB extended its national broadcast deal with FOX through 2028 at a significantly increased rate.

From the fan perspective, this means you’ll still see games on FOX and FS1 through 2028 (including the postseason and All-Star Game, but also various weekly games). From a team perspective, that bump in annual revenue translates to about $6.3 million. You’d like to see a good portion of that trickling into baseball operations, but that certainly won’t happen for every club.

The most important aspect of this news for our purposes, though, is the reminder that, yes, even projecting 10 years into the future, live baseball rights remain a very valuable property. As the Cubs navigate the increasingly and ridiculously complicated rights landscape for their own new deal after the 2019 season, it’s good to know that baseball still has value. And, in terms of local rights, the Cubs are in a very elite tier of valuable properties.

Even as there are serious headwinds for their deal, at least they’ve got that going for them.


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.