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October 3, 2012

2nd Homerun—MLB Inks 8-year Deal with Fox, Turner Sports

As expected, MLB reached a new 8-year multiplatform deal starting ’14 with Fox and Turner Tues, following its agreement with ESPN in Aug. The deal, which will give MLB products more visibility across platforms, comes with a bigger price tag: combined with the ESPN contract, the league will earn $12.4bln over the 8 years, doubling the its previous TV rights fees, said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on a conference call Tues. The agreement also seems to position Fox well for a highly anticipated national sports network. More on the deal’s specifics.
 
More top stories in today’s CableFAX Daily:
 
CT Gov Dan Malloy (D) held a presser Tues to officially announce Charter’s decision to establish its HQ office in downtown Stamford.
 
Time Warner Cable confirmed it will charge an Internet modem lease fee of $3.95/month (still less than the $7/month Comcast charges), to roll out over the next 2 months.
 
The 3Q primetime cable winner was USA by a mile. Read on to see which other nets clinched top positions.







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