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MLB agrees to new deals with FOX, TBS

Major League Baseball completed its TV package rights deals today when it announced that FOX Sports Media Group and Turner Sports' TBS have agreed to new contracts.

The deal is for eight years, and will start in 2014. A few weeks ago, MLB completed a deal with ESPN.

FSMG retains the rights to the World Series, All-Star game, one League Championship Series and the Saturday game of the week package. It will add coverage of two Division Series. FSMG will also increase its number of regular-season national windows on Saturdays from 26 to 52, with 12 of those windows exclusive to FOX and as many as 40 non-exclusive windows on another nationally distributed FOX channel.

TBS will have exclusive rights to one League Championship Series and two of the four Division Series. TBS will carry one Wild Card game. It will also air afternoon games with new co-exist rights on the final 13 Sundays of the regular season as part of the network’s 'Sunday MLB on TBS' game of the week package.

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