iN Demand, the collection of cable providers, of which Time Warner and Cox Communications are a part of, today offered to meet the conditions that MLB and DirecTV have offered for retaining Extra Innings, the package that shows out-of-market games for MLB. The details includes financial elements, as well as a provision to make the upcoming MLB Channel "distribution to at least the number of subscribers to which DirecTV launches the channel."
“As the current home for Extra Innings for more than 200,000 cable subscribers, we have extended ourselves to do our best to be able to continue to provide this package to baseball fans and our customers,” said Robert D. Jacobson, President and CEO of iN Demand Networks in a statement.
“This offer meets all the conditions set forth by MLB last week. Throughout this entire process, our goal has always been to respect the wishes of baseball fans who currently subscribe to Extra Innings through their local cable provider, and we stand ready to execute an agreement before the beginning of the baseball season,” Jacobson said.
Bob DuPuy, MLB’s president and COO did not have comment pending details of the offer.
Both Jacobson and DuPuy are slated to testify in hearings before members of congress on the proposed deal on Tuesday.
MLB officials have given iN Demand and DISH Network until the end of the month to meet DirecTV’s offer, or the Extra Innings would become an exclusive deal by which DirecTV would be the sole provider. The extended agreement that MLB and DirecTV have brokered would be for 7-years and $700 million. If iN Demand were allowed to continue to carry Extra Innings, the financial elements offered by DirecTV would change due to the removal of exclusivity.