It gives NASN exclusive rights to televise more than 275 games each season, from Spring Training in March through the playoffs and World Series in October.

The live coverage of MLB will consist of up to 10 regular season games each week, as well as the entire playoffs and World Series.

The deal covers all forms of television, including high-definition (HDTV) and IPTV rights. It also provides NASN with additional premier content rights. Among these are the All-Star game, All-Star Weekend events such as the Home Run Derby and MLB’s flagship highlight programme, ‘This Week in Baseball’.

Paul Archey, senior vice president of International Business Operations, Major League Baseball said: “The relationship with NASN is an exciting development for our business in Europe. It provides baseball fans with an opportunity to watch more live games each week, an integral component to expanding the reach of baseball and further developing our international business initiatives.”

He added: “At a time when the World Baseball Classic is showing the depth of international baseball talent, this agreement underscores the ever growing-popularity of the game.”

NASN currently broadcasts throughout the UK, Ireland, Germany, as well as Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Iceland