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MLB, NBC Sports Agree On Streaming Deal Worth $30 Million Per Season

The agreement is for a two-year streaming deal that will broadcast the Monday and Wednesday games formerly aired by ESPN.

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Following the news that Apple will stream Major League Baseball games exclusively in a “Friday Night Baseball” package comes reported details on a similar deal with NBC Sports and Peacock.

According to Forbes’ Mike Ozanian, MLB has reached agreement with NBC Sports on a two-year streaming deal that will broadcast the Monday and Wednesday night games given up by ESPN in its new rights deal. NBC will pick up those two weekly broadcasts, which will mostly be streamed on Peacock.

Ozanian did not mention in his report whether or not NBC’s games will be exclusive broadcasts as Apple’s are. When ESPN had the Monday and Wednesday games, those were not exclusive telecasts, still available on each team’s regional sports network. On ESPN, those broadcasts would have been blacked out in local markets, but it’s not yet certain whether or not that would be the case for NBC. That wouldn’t apply if Peacock had exclusive rights.

NBC’s deal with MLB is set to begin this season, whenever it begins after the lockout ends. MLB will earn $30 million per year from the agreement, which has not yet been officially announced.

Coupled with Apple’s new rights deal that will pay MLB $85 million per season (over a seven-year term), the two streaming agreements will bring in $115 million annually. Media and fans might point that out when MLB team owners claim that their franchises aren’t profitable and there aren’t more profits to share with players in this labor dispute.

The timing on these announcements might not be what MLB owners preferred. But as Octagon’s Allan Walsh pointed out, the Apple news came out on Tuesday because the tech company announced it as part of its latest product launch event. Once that became public, news of NBC’s deal with MLB soon followed.

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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