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MLB Broadcasting Settlement

  • Obtain more details about Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball which claims Major League Baseball conspired with Comcast and DIRECTV to create a broadcast monopoly
  • The case is styled Garber, et al. v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, et al.,  and is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Class Members do NOT need to submit a Claim Form to obtain these benefits

The MLB Broadcasting Settlement applies to anyone who purchase MLB.TV and/or MLB Extra Innings through either Comcast or DIRECTV between May 9, 2008 and Jan. 18, 2016.  The amount of the settlement associated with the MLB Broadcast Settlement varies but some of the details of the settlement that stand out are:

  • MLB.TV will lower to $109.99 for 2016
  • MLB agreed to make the single-team packages available to Comcast and DIRECTV as well, so they can offer unbundled seasonal packages of single-team games for each and every MLB Club available through MLB Extra Innings
  • MLB will offer live streaming of any in-market team’s telecasts produced by Comcast, Root Sports, or Fox regional sports networks to any customer who is unable to obtain multi-channel video provider distributor service or virtual multi-channel video provider distributor service at his or her residence

A full list of the settlement terms can be found at the MLB Broadcasting Settlement page and any class members who are unhappy with these terms can object by April 15, 2016.  A fairness hearing the case will be held on Monday, April 25, 2016 to determine if the settlement terms proposed by the MLB are fair and reasonable.

The hearing will take place at United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York 10007-1312 at 2:30 pm.

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