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MLB to allow in-market streaming of games

MLB to allow in-market streaming of games

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Cardinals fans will be able to watch their favorite team on phones, tablets and other devices beginning next season.

At the owners' meetings in Dallas, which wrapped up on Thursday, commissioner Rob Manfred announced a three-year deal with FOX Sports in which 15 teams, including the Cardinals, will allow in-market streaming of games on phones, tablets and other devices.

Those 15 teams are the ones with games carried by FOX regional sports networks, with Fox Sports Midwest the Cardinals' carrier.

Manfred said baseball was negotiating with the carriers of the other 15 teams to try to complete agreements by the start of next season. Prior to the announcement of this deal, teams hadn't been allowed to stream their own games into their local markets.

Last summer, the Cardinals reached a deal with Fox Sports Midwest that will guarantee the team more than $1 billion over a 15-year period, beginning with the 2018 season. 

Fox Sports Midwest issued the following statement regarding Manfred's announcement: "We have reached an agreement in principle with MLB for authenticated streaming of our local telecasts, and we are working to finalize details.”

 

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