Sports Rights Deals TV / Video DirecTV, NFL in Sunday Ticket Talks DirecTV is in discussions with the National Football League that could determine the fate of the Sunda TV / Video Disney’s Rasulo Dismisses the Fox Sports 1 Threat While Fox Sports 1 believes it will be competitive with ESPN within a few years after its August 17 launch, at least one of Bristol’s corporate overseers seems all but dismissive of the startup’s chances. TV / Video ESPN Lands Cheapie Big East Rights Deal ESPN has matched NBC Sports' bid for the media rights to the Big East Conference, and in so doing has secured its position as the league's primary rights holder.While neither party disclosed the value of the renewed package, sources with knowledge of the negotiations said the deal extends through the 2019-20 academic year and is worth a grand total of $130 million. TV / Video Play Ball! Fox, Turner to Re-Up With MLB Major League Baseball has secured its media rights deals through the start of the next decade, coming to agreements with Fox and Turner Sports on a pair of new eight-year pacts worth billions. TV / Video ESPN Renews MLB Rights Deal Through 2021 As the Book of Revelations would have it, 666 is the number of the beast. Tack six zeroes on the end and it’s also the annual fee ESPN will pay for the rights to continue airing Major League Baseball games.