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Vote On Manfred Extension Highlights MLB Owners Meeting

MLB owners today will begin a fall business meeting in Atlanta with a heavy agenda led by a planned vote tomorrow on a five-year contract extension for Commissioner Rob Manfred. The 60-year-old Manfred, who was first elected in '14 and formally succeeded Bud Selig in early '15, is in line for a new deal that will take him through the '24 season, a period of time that will cover the league’s next set of national media contracts and a new labor contract with the MLBPA.

Also on the agenda are scheduled votes for a media-rights extension with Fox Sports that will keep the All-Star Game and World Series on that net, and a three-year live digital rights deal with upstart video outfit DAZN. Sources said that DAZN Exec Chair John Skipper is due to appear for the vote.

MLB’s Competition Committee will also meet with an eye toward potential rule changes for the '19 season. The meeting is being held near SunTrust Park. Owners and league officials tonight are slated to hold a first-ever thank you dinner in for its major national business partners in The Battery, which surrounds the ballpark. Senior reps from key MLB partners such as ESPN, Turner Sports, Fanatics and New Era are slated to attend the event.