TBS and Major League Baseball have reached a new television agreement through 2013, which includes airing MLB Division Series Playoff games exclusively starting in 2007, a cable-network first.
The new agreement also provides for TBS to air the MLB All-Star Game Selection Show each year from 2007-2013. TBS will air 70 Braves games nationally in 2007, then 45 games on WTBS locally in Atlanta starting in 2008 through 2013.
"Our company has valued our MLB partnership for more than three decades, and this deal will make it four decades and beyond," said Turner Sports president David Levy. "We're very pleased to be the first cable network to exclusively air MLB Playoff games, and having all of the Division Series air on one single network (TBS) for the first time ever, this package clearly fits Turner Sports focus on top quality sports properties."
"Major League Baseball is very pleased to expand our relationship with Turner Sports, an innovative leader in sports broadcasting," says MLB Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Turner Sports has long been familiar to baseball fans, and we are excited that their coverage will now extend to all of our Clubs during the regular season, particularly on Sunday afternoons and for any potential tiebreaker games that will impact the postseason. Their exclusive coverage of the Division Series will be a fantastic way for baseball fans to begin each October."