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From Yahoo.com:

Is Major League Baseball on the verge of ending its decade-long relationship with Fox Sports?

The winds seem to be blowing in that direction. A divorce could be on the horizon, leaving Fox with the NFL, NASCAR and the Bowl Championship Series as its primary sports packages.

This would also put the futures of Fox's No. 1 baseball broadcast team - Joe Buck and Tim McCarver - very much up in the air.

Fox's exclusive negotiating period with MLB is about to expire - probably in the next two weeks - and the two sides are far apart in terms of the only thing that counts - money.

Fox's current six-year deal with Bud Selig & Co., worth $2.5 billion, ends following the 2006 season. The Foxies began televising baseball in 1996 and, as in past negotiations, MLB is looking for more dough than Fox is currently willing to offer.

So, when Fox's exclusive negotiating period runs out without a deal, MLB will become a TV free agent. This probably was Selig's plan all along. Selig and the owners want to test the waters and see what their national TV rights are worth on an open market.

Fox, according to baseball sources, does have the right to match any "final" offer MLB receives from another network.

A baseball source said NBC has expressed an interest in the package. It is likely Peacock suits have their eyes set on MLB's postseason inventory. That makes sense. NBC's prime-time ratings are down. What better way to add some ratings consistency - and a promotional platform for entertainment programming - than picking up the World Series?

That possibility should give the Foxies reason to pause and think twice before blowing off baseball. Why allow NBC to use baseball to dig its way out of the prime-time ratings grave?

There could be another option for Selig. MLB, as it has done in the past, could go to a split network format with Fox and NBC sharing the rights. Under this plan, the two networks would each air an LCS and rotate World Series coverage each year.

Don't discount the possibility of Disney-owned ESPN, MLB's national cable TV partner, getting into the act. ESPN could pay top dollar for the right to air the LCS, then put the World Series on ABC-TV, also a Disney property. Because of its dual revenue streams (advertising revenue and licensing fees from cable operators), ESPN has become a virtual pot of gold for the NFL, NBA and MLB.

If Fox loses baseball McCarver would have to move on. Baseball is his sport. Buck would have an option. He is Fox's No. 1 NFL play-by-play voice. The network has just embarked on an eight-year extension of its NFL deal.

Still, if working the World Series is a priority for Buck, would he bolt the Foxies' Hollywood bunker to follow baseball to another network? If baseball went to NBC, Bob (Rapping Roberto) Costas, the current face of NBC Sports, would likely want to do World Series play-by-play. That fact in itself could keep Buck at Fox.

Even if baseball leaves.

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Joe Buck will have to go from boring us pitch-by-pitch on Fox to boring us pitch-by-pitch on some other network.

... not to mention taking Tim McCarver, with his oh so brilliant analysis, with him... :D

If Fox does lose the rights to MLB, then good riddance to McCarver, the master of the freakin obvious ... for example: "The Yankees would like to start off the game by putting a few runs on the board" or "Clemens is looking to strike out the side here".

No :censored:, b*tch!! :mad:

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YES!!!

McCarver will likely go to NBC, but not Buck hes the lead football announcer on Fox now and I dontthink they will let him go.

NBC Baseball will be Costas and hes good at baseball, so that wont be too bad at all.

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Not to mention we wont to see those stupid-a** promos that lead-off every game and get increasingly bad throughout the playoffs.You guys know the ones I'm talking about...that they show during pre-game??Sometimes they'll have players doing a stupid dance...or making silly faces...it's just incredibly cheesy.They do this for NASCAR too.Man I hate those.

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As long as it doesnt go to OLN, ill be fine

True. The MLB on Fox was getting real stale. At first it was cool since it was, y'know, "Major League Baseball...WITH A FOX ATTITUDE!!!" but now it's just like "Major League Baseball for 12 year olds." Thank God, maybe this'll go to some station that appreciates the MLB i.e. NBC

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They wont leave ESPN, I think it has become clear the NHL made the wrong choice and I think ESPN has no summer option if it loses baseball what are they going to show Dream Job every day, World Seires of Poker, if that happens then ESPN will be trully lost.

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I believe MLb already resigned with ESPN.

As for OLN allow them some time to grow before calling the move a mistake. It was a decision for the long term not the short term. I say give it at least another year.

I think the main reason its a mistake is beacuse OLN still isnt part of most basic cable packages like ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports, NBC, ABC, ect, ect are. I dont get OLN, and i have the highest cable you can get without going to sattelite. I know sattelite is taking over cable, but wheere i live a lot of people cant get a dish because there are so many trees that canopy the houses. I think untill the NHL gets its bulk back on basic cable, its gonna struggle.

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I believe MLb already resigned with ESPN.

As for OLN allow them some time to grow before calling the move a mistake. It was a decision for the long term not the short term. I say give it at least another year.

I think the main reason its a mistake is beacuse OLN still isnt part of most basic cable packages like ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports, NBC, ABC, ect, ect are. I dont get OLN, and i have the highest cable you can get without going to sattelite. I know sattelite is taking over cable, but wheere i live a lot of people cant get a dish because there are so many trees that canopy the houses. I think untill the NHL gets its bulk back on basic cable, its gonna struggle.

However if OLN can add more leagues which is the plan they sure are going to move up to basic cable. That's why I say give it some time.

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I think there needs to be more hockey on TV, and maybe FOX will pick that up in baseball's place? If Costas does the baseball games...man I'd love to see the World Series done by Costas and Uecker! The question is who does the weekly regional casts?

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