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'13, '17 World Baseball Classic Tourneys To Air Exclusively On MLB Net In The U.S.

MLB and the MLB Players Association yesterday said they are retaining the U.S. English-language TV rights for the '13 and '17 World Baseball Classic tournaments exclusively for MLB Network. The move ends a prior shared alignment MLB and the union held with MLB Network and ESPN for broadcast rights of the int'l tournament. The move could serve as a further aid for the league to boost distribution of the four-year-old, league-owned network, now available in about 70 million homes. The '13 tournament will begin March 2, and conclude March 19 in S.F.