Baseball owners extend commissioner’s contract, TV deal with Fox

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ANAHEIM - APRIL 24: A close-up picture shows one of the new Major League Baseball official game balls lying on the grass during the Detroits Tigers game against the Anaheim Angels on April 24, 2000 at Edison Field in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — Baseball owners have extended the contract of Commissioner Rob Manfred and signed off a new television deal with Fox after two days of meetings in Atlanta.

The owners put off any decision Thursday on changes that might speed games. Manfred says they prefer to reach a consensus with the players’ union.

Manfred took over as commissioner from Bud Selig in 2015. His new deal runs through the end of the 2024 regular season.

Major League Baseball’s partnership with Fox, which began in 1996, will stretch an additional seven years through the 2028 season and keep the World Series and All-Star Game on FOX31.

There will also be extensive playoff coverage on both the network and its all-sports cable channel, FS1.

MLB also agreed to a three-year contract with DAZN, a subscription video streaming service.

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