As announced on Thursday, MLB and DirecTV now have an expanded agreement that would place Extra Innings on DirecTV exclusively if cable (iN Demand) and EchoStar's DISH Network do not meet the same provisions that DirecTV has offered by the end of the month.
Today on Baseball Prospectus I go deep into the deal, and report that barring something extraordinary, the exclusive deal will go through. As report on Not a Done Deal... Yet, I touch on how the new MLB Channel is the key to the new deal. How MLB wants it on the basic tier, and how a similar deal with the NFL Network directly impacts why iN Demand would be hard pressed to agree to such a provision.
Within the report is news from Friday where MLB officials met with iN Demand executives to try and hammer a deal out. And, how Senator Arlen Specter is getting into the mix with not just NFL Sunday Ticket, but the Extra Innings deal, as well.
Also, I provide some little known facts about DirecTV and MLB.TV in case you decide to look at options outside of cable and DISH to get your out-of-market games.
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Maury Brown is the founder of The Biz of Baseball, an author for Baseball Prospectus, and reports sports business on Maury Brown's Biz of Sports. He can be contacted here.