On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the 2nd and 3rd legs of the new national television rights deal.  Maury Brown over at the Biz of Baseball has a great breakdown on each individual deal.  All of the deals run from 2014 to 2021 (8 seasons) and have a combined worth of $12 BILLION dollars (if you want to say it like Dr. Evil, be my guest), which equates to $1.5 billion per season to share among 30 teams.  That means each team will get $50 million right from Jump Street, or just $1.9 million less than the Pirates' opening day payroll of $51.9 million.

Under the current deal, set to expire at the end of the 2013 season, each team is getting $23.7 million, so this is more than double the current rate.  Hey, now the Pirates can have a payroll in the mid-$70 million range like their ...

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