ABC Sports and Major-League Baseball have reached agreement on...

NEW YORK -- ABC Sports and Major-League Baseball have reached agreement on a six-year contract covering the 1984-89 baseball seasons, during which ABC will televise three World Series and, on alternate years, both the American and National League playoffs and the All-Star Game.

ABC also has the right to televise regular-season games in both prime-time and on Sunday afternoons.


Roone Arledge, president of ABC News and Sports, made the announcement Thursday. The financial terms of the contract were not announced.

Under terms of the agreement, ABC Sports will provide exclusive coverage of the 1985, 1987 and 1989 World Series, the 1984, 1986 and 1988 playoffs and All-Star Games, in addition to a schedule of regular-season games each year.

The playoffs may be extended to a best-of-seven series.

As part of its current four-year agreement with Major-League Baseball, ABC Sports will present exclusive coverage of the 1983 World Series in addition to a full slate of regular-season games, which begins with ABC's 'Monday Night Baseball,' June 6.

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