ESPN Extends, Innovates with MLB

ESPN and Major League Baseball reached a seven-year rights extension, highlighted by 30 exclusive regular-season games, Home Run Derby, alternate presentation rights for every live event, and simulcast rights... See More

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ESPN and Major League Baseball reached a seven-year rights extension, highlighted by 30 exclusive regular-season games, Home Run Derby, alternate presentation rights for every live event, and simulcast rights for ESPN+. Enjoying a year-over-year ratings increase, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball has a new featured song for the first half of the season. Hear AJR’s version of “Way Less Sad.” Plus, hear highlights of a Statcast game from earlier this season, and managers and players show their personalities in excerpts from All-Access spring-training broadcasts. Stay tuned for a Memorial Day tripleheader and “The Captain,” a six-part documentary series on New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

ESPN and Major League Baseball reached a seven-year rights extension, highlighted by 30 exclusive regular-season games, Home Run Derby, alternate presentation rights for every live event, and simulcast rights for ESPN+. Enjoying a year-over-year ratings increase, ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball has a new featured song for the first half of the season. Hear AJR’s version of “Way Less Sad.” Plus, hear highlights of a Statcast game from earlier this season, and managers and players show their personalities in excerpts from All-Access spring-training broadcasts. Stay tuned for a Memorial Day tripleheader and “The Captain,” a six-part documentary series on New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

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Stu Hothem

Stu Hothem has covered some of the biggest events in sports across TV, radio and the web. As a researcher with ABC, CBS and ESPN, he worked on the Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup and X Games. At FOXSports.com, he integrated content and interactive features with FOX Sports broadcast and cable programming. He managed the editorial team at NASCAR.com and also worked in the sanctioning body’s integrated marketing communications department. His professional career began at WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports radio station, following his time at the Rutgers radio station as a play-by-play announcer, talk-show host and general manager.