FOX Sports, MLB Reach New Seven-Year Deal

FOX Sports and Major League Baseball have inked a seven-year deal that keeps the World Series and All-Star Game exclusively on the FOX network through 2013.

FOX Sports’ new agreement with MLB gives the network the rights to up to 26 FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week regionalized single-header broadcasts, up from 19;
exclusive coverage of the American League Championship Series in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013; exclusive coverage of the National League Championship Series in 2008, 2010 and 2012; exclusive prime-time coverage of the World Series from 2007 through 2013; exclusive prime-time coverage of the All-Star Game from 2007 through 2013; and the youth-targeted magazine show This Week in Baseball.

Fox Networks Group’s president and CEO, Tony Vinciquerra, noted, “Major League Baseball is as popular today as ever…with new young stars and veteran players performing before hundreds of millions of fans in-person and on TV each year. The schedule this agreement provides enables FOX to combine the most-watched games of the year with the number-one prime-time lineup in America.”

“For some time now, Major League Baseball has been a key component of FOX’s programming strategy,” added Peter Liguori, the president of entertainment at FOX. “The games are an invaluable promotional platform—for both our new series and returning hits such as House, 24, Prison Break, Bones, The Simpsons and Family Guy.