It’s a Deal: DirecTV Loses Exclusive on MLB Package
DirecTV’s controversial monopoly over Major League Baseball’s out-of-market baseball package ended up not even lasting the season’s first week. MLB announced Wednesday night that it had agreed to terms with the InDemand cable consortium on a deal to keep the package on cable as well.
The deal went into effect immediately, with some games joined in progress Wednesday night. It also means that the crush of fans rushing to buy satellite dishes had the deal stayed exclusive will now be considerably less likely to do so.
Baseball had previously announced a $700 million deal to allow DirecTV the exclusive rights to carry the “MLB Extra Innings” package of out-of-market games, which are popular among fans who live away from the city where their favorite team plays.