ESPN and Major League Baseball announced Thursday that they have reached an
agreement that will make ESPN and ESPN2 the cable-television homes of the
league’s Division Series through 2006.
This season, the two networks will carry a minimum of nine and a maximum of
14 games, highlighted by three primetime games -- the first time ESPN has
televised MLB playoff games in primetime.
For the remaining years of the deal, the minimum game total will be eight and
the maximum 13, with at least two primetime games each year.
ESPN and ESPN2 televised Division Series games from 1996-2000. Last year, the
games were produced by ESPN and aired on ABC Family.