Report: Apple in serious talks to broadcast weekday national MLB games


Tech giant Apple is reportedly in talks with the MLB to broadcast the leagues' weekday national games that were dropped by ESPN at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

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If the league and Apple sign, this would be a big win for the tech giant who has been trying to break into live sports for some years now. Their major competitor, Amazon, beat them to the punch, already having a deal with the NFL.

The weekday national games become available after ESPN dropped the leagues' Monday and Wednesday games. These games were not an exclusive broadcast from ESPN. This issue makes it unclear whether Apple would be allowed to have exclusive broadcasting rights. According to an article from the New York Post, Apple and the MLB have declined to respond.

Another reported competitor for the weekday national games is another outsider--Barstool Sports. Amazon was also reportedly in talks with the league but as of now, it seems like Apple will be the suitor. The move would deter from the MLB choosing a traditional television channel like ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS, and NBC.

The MLB is no stranger to airing games on non-linear platforms. The league has aired on YouTuber, Twitter and Facebook.

Of course, this deal cannot be done until the players and owners finally come to an agreement on the collective bargaining agreement.

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