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ESPN+, Disney’s smallest streaming service, will get a big live sports boost in the coming months.
A substantial seven-year deal with Major League Baseball will bring 30 exclusive regular-season games to ESPN, including 25 Sunday Night Baseball telecast and the MLB Little League Classic, along with five additional games every season that include the national Opening Night telecast, the company said today during its quarterly earnings call. The deal, which will extend through 2029, will allow Disney to simulcast all ESPN and ABC game telecasts on ESPN+, giving company the latitude to promote both its legacy linear television business and its increasingly crucial direct-to-consumer streaming business.