Amidst All This, MLB Reportedly Manages to Land Substantial New TV Deal with Turner Sports

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Amidst All This, MLB Reportedly Manages to Land Substantial New TV Deal with Turner Sports

Chicago Cubs

I knew these negotiations were coming/ongoing, but with serious questions about what the postseason will look like after this year, with even more serious questions about what labor peace will look like, and with even-even more serious questions about what consumer habits will be like after this year, I didn’t think the sides were going to be able to strike an extension deal right now.

However:

Per the report, the extension would kick in after the 2021 season, and could mark an enormous increase in the rate MLB had previously been commanding. The Post report indicates it could be a bump from $350 million annually to $500 million annually (nearly a 50% increase). Maury Brown from Forbes suggests that there could be some miscommunication there – and the increase could be even more substantial:

Either way, the important takeaway is that even in this moment, national TV partners still want to lock in long-term deals for postseason baseball, paying a premium to do so.

Now, in relation to the ongoing negotiations about a return to play this year, you may do with that information what you choose.

UPDATE: More details here:



Author: Brett Taylor

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