Apple is looking to score a home run by finalizing a deal with Major League Baseball, which will bring live games to its streaming platform, according to a report by Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. Presumably, if MLB and Apple agree to a deal then weekday national games will be available to stream on Apple TV+.
From the New York Post report:
The package MLB has been attempting to sell is weekday national games that ESPN recently relinquished. ESPN will no longer have regular Monday and Wednesday games. The ESPN games were not exclusive in local markets. It is unclear at this point if Apple would be allowed to wall off these select games from regional sports network coverage or not.
Apple has been a hot commodity in the world of sports and making a move to acquire rights for MLB games will make the company a serious contender compared to its legacy media counterparts. There have been talks of the tech giant being a candidate for NFL Sunday Ticket and a prospective home for Major League Soccer. Marchand’s report does note that the MLB has “spoken to Amazon, according to sources, but did not find a deal there.”
The news comes a little over a week after Marchand’s co-host on the Marchand & Ourand podcast Robert Ourand predicted that Apple is going to buy ESPN in 2024. If Apple can reach a deal with MLB, MLS, acquire NFL Sunday Ticket, and buy ESPN at a future date, the company would have pitched the perfect game in its quest for sports domination.