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Fox in talks to extend World Series rights beyond 2021 in multi-billion-dollar deal

Major League Baseball and Fox are working on a multi-billion-dollar deal to extend the network’s World Series rights beyond 2021, according to a New York Post report.

Fox, which has broadcast the World Series since 1996, has reportedly been paying $525m (€458m) per year for its MLB rights, which include weekly games, the All-Star Game and divisional and league championship play-off series matches.

According to the report, MLB “is happy with the relationship, and it would be receiving a substantial enough increase without going on the marketplace”.

The move fits in with Fox’s new initiative to focus on news and live sports rights following the $71.3bn deal with Disney. It also represents something of a blow to ESPN, which is looking to expand its MLB presence.