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Fox Sports regains rights to air Indians games

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Fox Sports has secured the rights to broadcast Cleveland Indians games after reaching an agreement to acquire regional television network SportsTime Ohio.

Fox Sports Media Group announced Friday that it has a long-term deal with the Indians to air games starting next season.

SportsTime Ohio, a Cleveland-based regional network, had broadcast Indians game for the past seven seasons. Before the 2006 season, Fox Sports Ohio owned the local television rights.

"The acquisition of SportsTime Ohio solidifies our business in Ohio, and FOX Sports Media Group's new long-term agreement with the Indians reunites the team with the FOX Sports family," said Jeff Krolik, executive vice president of FOX Sports Networks. "We look forward to once again showcasing the Indians to their fans, as well as working with the Indians ownership to continue to enhance the value of this iconic franchise."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Fox Sports acquired SportsTime Ohio for an estimated $230 million and will pay the Indians $400 million over 10 years for the broadcast rights.

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