Just when I think I’m out …
This from the AP: Baseball’s “Extra Innings” package of out-of-market games might wind up staying on cable television.
IN Demand said Wednesday it will offer to match the terms of DirecTV’s $700 million, seven-year deal with Major League Baseball on behalf its owners, who are affiliates of the companies that own Time Warner, Comcast and Cox cable systems.
Thanks for everybody who wrote our sports desk willing to comment on the story we were working on about this. Perhaps everybody will end up happy after all. Let’s hope so.
UPDATE: Now there is this from AP:
Not so fast, said Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer.
“The communication sent to our office today by iN Demand is not responsive to that offer,” he said. “In spite of their public comments, the response falls short of nearly all of the material conditions (among them requirements for carriage of The Baseball Channel and their share of the rights fees for Extra Innings) set forth in the Major League Baseball offer made to them on March 9.”
DuPuy said the March 31 deadline to match remains.