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Two Networks Might Share New MLB TV Rights Package

According to this article from the latest issue of Broadcasting & Cable, an industry publication, Fox might take on a partner for the next TV contract:

One scenario being discussed: The network joins forces with NBC for one post-season package, with the networks alternating the World Series and splitting most of the games from the League Championship Series. Both Fox Sports and NBC Sports declined to comment, as did MLB.

This makes sense; Fox lost $200 million over the last six years on baseball. Splitting the coverage splits the cost. Further, the article goes on to say:

A package of two or three day games from the League Championship Series, the entire first-round (MLB's divisional series) and the regular-season Saturday games of the week could then go elsewhere, with ESPN the most likely candidate.

ESPN Saturday afternoon games? Sure, why not -- if it's ESPN, that means ONE national game, and no regional blackouts the way the Saturday games are now.

This is a positive development, if it happens.

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