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If there was a game which featured teams from two of these three markets (involving any combination of the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Angels, Cubs or White Sox), that game would be aired on the network.

In September 2000, Major League Baseball reached a six-year, US.5 billion contract with Fox that allowed it to retain rights to Saturday baseball games, and included rights to the All-Star Game, select Division Series games and exclusive coverage of the League Championship Series and World Series.

Under the previous five-year contract, Fox paid 5 million (totaling 5 million per year) for the Major League Baseball rights, while NBC only paid 0 million ( million annually).

The difference between the Fox and the NBC contracts was that the deal implicitly valued Fox's Saturday "Game of the Week" telecasts at less than million for five years.

(Eastern Time) time slot, which was reduced to to after Fox cancelled its in-studio pre-game program for the 2009 season.

Exceptions were added in 2010 with a to afternoon window being used on Saturdays when Fox was scheduled to broadcast a NASCAR Cup Series race in prime time (which would start at ) and a to window, when Fox is scheduled to broadcast the UEFA Champions League soccer final (which would start at ).

Like its predecessor NBC, Fox determined its Saturday schedule by which MLB franchise was playing a team from one of the three largest television markets – New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago.

When asked about the new deal with Fox, Commissioner Bud Selig said, "We at Major League Baseball could not be happier with the result.

They have been a good partner and an innovative producer of our games." Neal Pilson, who served as the president of CBS Sports when the network had the exclusive television rights for Major League Baseball said of Fox's .5 billion deal: It is a lot of baseball.

It will force Fox to delay the start of its entertainment season every fall in order to cover the playoffs and the World Series, but I am sure they have taken that into account.

Fox probably believes it has driven a good deal financially.

Like its predecessor NBC, Fox determined its Saturday schedule by which MLB franchise was playing a team from one of the three largest television markets – New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago.

When asked about the new deal with Fox, Commissioner Bud Selig said, "We at Major League Baseball could not be happier with the result.

They have been a good partner and an innovative producer of our games." Neal Pilson, who served as the president of CBS Sports when the network had the exclusive television rights for Major League Baseball said of Fox's .5 billion deal: It is a lot of baseball.

It will force Fox to delay the start of its entertainment season every fall in order to cover the playoffs and the World Series, but I am sure they have taken that into account.

Fox probably believes it has driven a good deal financially.

Before NBC officially decided to part ways with Major League Baseball (for the second time in about 12 years) on September 26, 2000, Fox would have had to pay 5 million for the contract, while NBC would have paid 0 million.