Today's announcement of ESPN's new deal with MLB has started talk of how much new money is on the horizon for MLB teams.
Now, figure that there will be at least similar and perhaps greater proportional annual bumps for the deals currently held by Fox and TBS. Which are bigger money overall given that they include the playoffs. And thatís assuming that baseball and their would-be network partners donít get creative and add in a new broadcast product of some kind. Figure then, what, $25 million more a year on top of the ESPN bump? $40 million? With numbers going they way theyíre going right now, itís entirely possible. The upshot of all of this means that, without doing a single thing, each major league team is looking at an increased cash payment of, at minimum, $40 million. Probably much more. Just for the national TV rights increase.