Major League Baseball and ESPN will be partners for the foreseeable future.
ESPN released a statement on Thursday that the entities have reached a new seven-year agreement that extends through the 2028 season, which includes exclusive rights to a potential MLB Wild Card Series.
Currently, there is no MLB Wild Card Series — it is just a one-game playoff — but it is likely to expand by 2022 when the new agreement kicks in.
If the current Wild Card games remain the same, ESPN will receive one of the two games and receive eight more exclusive regular season games instead.
The deal also includes ESPN exclusively televising 30 regular-season games — which includes 25 Sunday Night Baseball games, the national MLB game of the week and the MLB Little League Classic — and five additional games, including the Opening Night telecast.
The Home Run Derby will continue to air on ESPN and the station will also have the rights to produce alternate presentations across its platforms.
“ESPN has been one of the MLB’s longest and most important partners,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “This extension continues the evolution of our relationship with a focus on utilizing ESPN’s extensive assets to shine a spotlight on key matchups throughout the year.”