Baseball owners extend Manfreds contract, TV deal with Fox

Baseball owners extend Manfred\s contract, TV deal with Fox
Fox, Major League Baseball Strike New Rights Pact
Youth is always going to be the coin of the realm in Major League Baseball, or really, in life. There are just things you can do in your 20s that you cant in your 30s, 40s or 50s. (Dont remind me.) The issue with young players is corralling their talent, not locating it. Theyve got talent to burn.

But lets not forget the old dogs, either. This free-agent season has revolved around Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, two unusually young free agents, but theres value to be squeezed out of guys in their late 30s and 40s as well. And Im not just talking about clubhouse presence and experienced leadership, either. These guys can help you on the field, too.

In addition to the new Fox deal, MLB and DAZN are set to announce an agreement for streaming rights. The three-year deal won’t include live games, but the emerging streaming service will be able to have live cut-ins coinciding with a studio show (which is incredibly ironic, given that DAZN president John Skipper killed Baseball Tonight during his final year at ESPN). For DAZN, it’s a way to get their foot in the door among the big four American sports leagues and grow in the United States, but it’s not an agreement that will hook someone into signing up for the service, given the similar options already on cable (including MLB Network’s flagship MLB Tonight).

Fox set to extend MLB rights through 2028, DAZN to announce streaming deal

Youth is always going to be the coin of the realm in Major League Baseball, or really, in life. There are just things you can do in your 20s that you cant in your 30s, 40s or 50s. (Dont remind me.) The issue with young players is corralling their talent, not locating it. Theyve got talent to burn.

According to SBJ’s John Ourand, Fox’s extension to their current deal means that games will be shown on both Fox and FS1 through 2028. Fox will also retain the rights to show the World Series (as reported last week), All-Star Game, and an LCS series (alternating between AL and NL each year). The network will expand their “digital, streaming, social media and highlight rights, as well as the right to produce more games.”

MLB, Fox extend TV broadcasting deal through 2028

But lets not forget the old dogs, either. This free-agent season has revolved around Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, two unusually young free agents, but theres value to be squeezed out of guys in their late 30s and 40s as well. And Im not just talking about clubhouse presence and experienced leadership, either. These guys can help you on the field, too.

Also in the deal, starting in 2022, there is the added prospect of weekly primetime games on the Fox broadcast network. Simply speculating, a logical place for this primetime game would be Thursday nights during the NFL offseason, similar to what ABC did when they had Monday Night Football, in addition as baseball in the 70s and 80s.

Heres a look at seven free agents in their late 30s and 40s who have plenty left to give. They might not be the young turks anymore, but theyre not riding off into the sunset, either.

“Yeah, theres been some flubs. I mean, I made mistakes. You try to own it, you embrace it. Hell, Im not perfect, Ive certainly had my fair share of mistakes on live television and more than anything else you try to embrace it, you laugh at it, you smile at it, I had the remark on Twitter that you dont try to deny it.”

(For now, were omitting Adrian Beltre, who is reported to be mulling retirement. If he comes back, he will obviously be in high demand.)

“Yeah, theres been some flubs. I mean, I made mistakes. You try to own it, you embrace it. Hell, Im not perfect, Ive certainly had my fair share of mistakes on live television and more than anything else you try to embrace it, you laugh at it, you smile at it, I had the remark on Twitter that you dont try to deny it.”

Bartolo Colon (44)OK, you knew he was going to be on here somewhere. Colon, to be fair, wasnt Peak Bartolo in 2018: He had an ugly 5.78 ERA and the lowest strikeout rate of his career. In fact, Colon hasnt been an above-average pitcher since 16 (and before that, 13). But that just means hes due, right? After all, Colon made All-Star teams in those aforementioned up years, which means that hes just on the every-three-years cycle, right? Well, maybe not, but he still threw 146 innings last year; hell take the ball whenever you need him to. There has to be one team willing to let Bartolo celebrate his 45th birthday (on May 24) on an MLB diamond.

Fox’s current contract runs through 2021 and cost the network $525 million for eight years. Ourand reported that Fox’s rights fee will be increasing by double digits in the new deal, and Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick reported that the deal would cost Fox a cool $5 billion over seven years.

Nelson Cruz (38)It is very possible that Cruz will still be hitting 30 homers when hes 55 years old. His numbers took a step back in 2018, but he still had 37 big flies, a 135 OPS+ and, amusingly, a triple. You obviously cant put Cruz in the field anymore — he played five games in right in 17 and four last year — but which American League team couldnt use 35 homers? The Twins and Astros are the most likely suitors; if Minnesota signs him, hell be older than new manager Rocco Baldelli by nearly 15 months.

Rajai Davis (38)The great irony of Davis career is that he was a speedster who will be remembered for a homer — that shot off Aroldis Chapman in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series — than anything he did on the basepaths. He had the worst offensive season of his career in 18, but he still stole 21 bases, and he led the AL in steals just two years ago. If Davis doesnt retire, he might have one last October run in him.

"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," MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said. "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."

Curtis Granderson (37)A guy who played for two teams in his first 10 seasons has now played for four in the past two seasons — and, it should be said, in the postseason each of the past four years. Granderson still has some of the power of his prime, but, more importantly, he has almost all of the on-base skills. Even when he isnt hitting for average, he can still draw walks. Granderson has his cold spells, but he also has hot streaks that can carry a team for a week or so. Plus, at this point, hes a lucky charm to make it to October. Someone has to get Granderson there for a fifth straight year.

"Since we began our historic partnership with Major League Baseball more than 20 years ago, MLB games on FOX have provided some of the most iconic moments in American sports," said Twenty-First Century Fox Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch. "This significant multi-year agreement not only cements FOX's role as Major League Baseball's number one broadcast partner, it ensures that FOX will remain America's leader in live sports well into the future."

Matt Holliday (38)Holliday sat out most of the 2018 season before returning to the Rockies, the team he broke in with back in 04, and he looked glorious in his old duds. He was no slouch as a hitter either, putting up an .849 OPS in 25 games and hitting a double in the National League Wild Card Game win over the Cubs. Holliday is 97 games away from 2,000 for his career, and theres enough life in his bat that youd think someone would take a chance on him. Maybe he will repeat 18 and take most of the year off before becoming a late-season bat-for-hire. Remember when Holliday was briefly with the As in 09? He might as well do a full-career reunion tour.

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Ryan Madson (38)It may have been for lack of options, but note how often manager Dave Roberts went to Madson in the postseason for the Dodgers — 11 times. 2018 was a rough year for Madson, who had a 5.47 ERA with Washington and Los Angeles, but that was on the heels of some truly fantastic seasons — particularly 17, when he pitched for the As and Nationals and may have been one of the most valuable relievers in the sport. One just hopes that he can ignore his most high-profile critic.

Under the new agreement, which runs through the 2028 season, Fox will remain MLB’s broadcast partner for the World Series, one League Championship Series per postseason, two Division Series and the All-Star Game. Fox will also air 52 regular-season games on Saturday per season until 2022, when the previous contract expires and Fox’s annual slate of regular-season and postseason broadcasts will expand.

Peter Moylan (39)First of all, baseball can never have enough sidearming relievers; may they outlive us all. Moylan — who tends to spend his winters as a pitching coach in the Australian Baseball League (and also owns a coffee shop) — led the Majors in appearances in 2017, but he only threw 28 1/3 innings for the Braves last year. It was a somewhat middling season, though he had his highest strikeout rate in nearly a decade, and we certainly know hes durable. Plus, baseball should seriously always have a sidearming Australian who owns a bar.

The agreement also grants Fox expanded streaming, social media and highlight rights. The deal’s financial terms were not disclosed. Sports Business Journal reported that the new contract marks an “annual percentage increase well into double digits” over Fox’s current deal, where it pays $525 million annually.

Brian Steinberg Senior TV Editor @bristei FOLLOW Brian's Most Recent Stories Fox, Major League Baseball Strike New Rights Pact Steve Bodow, ‘Daily Show’ Veteran Producer, Will Depart in 2019 Fox News Backs CNN’s White House Lawsuit View All Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Show more sharing options LinkedIn WhatsApp Print Pin It Tumblr CREDIT: AP Photo/Kathy Willens Major League Baseball and 21st Century Fox signed a new rights agreement that will keep the national pastime’s biggest games on Fox Sports and Fox Broadcasting for the next several years.

The Walt Disney Company acquired Twenty-First Century Fox’s film and television assets in a deal that is expected to be finalized in early 2019. The streamlined “New Fox” will consist of FOX Business, Fox News, Fox Sports, as the company focuses on live sports and other programming events.

Under the terms of the pact, Fox Sports and Fox Deportes maintain exclusive television broadcast rights to the World Series, one League Championship Series, two Division Series and the All-Star Game. As in previous agreements, the league’s MLB Network will continue to have the rights to two games from the League’s Division Series that Fox is airing. Fox Sports will also expand its digital rights.

Major League Baseball and Twenty-First Century Fox have agreed to multi-year agreement to extend their television rights deal well beyond its previous expiration date of 2022, according to a press release Thursday.

Fox said the new agreement would make it “the home to baseball’s marquee events for the next decade,” though the deal is expected to last approximately 7 years. Fox and Major League Baseball have been broadcast partners for more than two decades. The current eight-year pact between Fox and the league had been set to expire in 2021, and was valued at approximately $525 million per year.

The fees are believed to increase by 30% early on and by as much as 50% later in the term of the contract, according to people familiar with the matter. The cost of the overall package could come to as much as $5.1 billion, one of these people said, with the annual fee possibly increasing to $675 million early in the deal and more over the term of the contract.