International Extension for MLB, ESPN


Major League Baseball International and ESPN International extended their global cable- and satellite-broadcast packages through 2010.

ESPN International will maintain cable- and satellite-television rights on all of its networks in 190 countries and territories in Arabic, English, Portuguese and Spanish through the 2010 World Series, as well as bringing MLB games to fans in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Israel, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and ESPN-affiliated cruise ships.

The programmer will have exclusive rights to broadcast Tuesday- and Friday-night MLB games, the All-Star Game and the XM All-Star Futures Game, as well as one-half of the American and National League Division Series and one League Championship Series each season, beginning with the National League Championship Series in 2007 and alternating leagues each year.

And the World Series will be broadcast in its entirety for the next four years.

ESPN International has been a worldwide MLB International broadcast partner for the past 16 years.