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    ESPN to add Monday night baseball in new deal
    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- ESPN will start a series of Monday night baseball broadcasts and gain greater flexibility to move games to Sunday nights under a new eight-year contract.

    The deal announced Wednesday, which runs through 2013, allows the network to have a team be on its exclusive Sunday night games up to five times per season, up from 11 appearances over a three-season span under the $815 million, six-year contract that is expiring.

    ESPN's Monday and Wednesday telecasts will be mostly nonexclusive, meaning the games also can be televised by each club's local broadcaster.

    ESPN can televise up to 80 games per season under the deal, including an opening-day package. It also gets 10 spring training games a year and the All-Star Home Run Derby, the network's top-rated summer broadcast. In addition, ESPN will start a batting-practice show prior to its Monday night games.

    Under the current contract, ESPN televised a Wednesday doubleheader and the Sunday night games. It will no longer broadcast day games on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

    ESPN also has one season remaining on its contract to televise games during the first round of the playoffs and the two-game-a-week deal it inherited when The Walt Disney Co., its parent company, purchased the Fox Family network.

    ESPN takes over NFL "Monday Night Football" games from sister network ABC starting in 2006.

    Major League Baseball has been on ESPN since 1990 and ESPN2 since 1996. [/b][/quote]

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