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Fox, MLB extend TV rights deal through 2028

Joe Buck, left, and John Smoltz in the

Joe Buck, left, and John Smoltz in the Fox Sports booth for the 2016 World Series. Photo Credit: Fox Sports

Fox and Major League Baseball announced a new, multi-year rights deal that will keep marquee events such as the All-Star Game and World Series on Fox through 2028.

Fox will continue to carry one League Championship Series and two Division Series as well. The deal also expands Fox's digital rights.

The network will continue to carry regular-season games on Saturdays, with the number of games shown on Fox - as opposed to FS1 - increasing starting in 2022, when the new deal officially kicks in. It includes a significant increase in what Fox currently pays MLB, which is $525 million per year.

Fox has been an MLB rights-holder since 1996 and has been its exclusive national broadcast TV partner since 2001.

"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,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a new release. 

Fox Sports CEO Eric Shanks said, “It’s an honor to have shared countless historic moments with our viewers over the last 22 seasons. We are extremely proud to continue to be the home of Major League Baseball’s jewel events for the next decade.”

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