Phillies strike new TV deal for reported 25 years

Phillies strike new TV deal for reported 25 years
January 3, 2014, 10:30 am
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The Philadelphia Phillies and Comcast SportsNet have announced a new television deal that MLB.com reports will run for 25 years. 

The current agreement between the sides expires after the 2015 season, so this would keep the Phillies on CSN through 2040. They play the majority of their games on CSN, but will also air occasionally on Philly's local NBC affiliate.

"We're pleased to confirm that NBCUniversal and Comcast SportsNet have signed a new long-term deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that will expand Comcast SportsNet's role as the Phillies' primary TV partner," CSN Philly said in a statement. "Although the terms of the comprehensive deal are confidential, details surrounding the 2014 schedule of games will be provided in the coming months."

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The financial details have not been released, but 25 years is consistent with what other teams have received in recent years. The Dodgers signed for 25 years and $7 billion, the Angels for 20 years and $3 billion and the Rangers for 20 years and $1.6 billion. Given the Phillies are one of the majors' most popular teams, their contract should be lucrative as well.

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