Prime Ticket has struck a ground-breaking five-year deal with the California Angels, an arrangement that will bring Major League baseball to the basic-cable regional sports network for the first time.

Twenty Angels home games will appear on Prime Ticket beginning in the 1993 season, rising to as many as 36 per season by the end of the contract term.

The agreement is believed to be worth about $ 50,000 per game, which would boost the amount from $ 1 million in the first year to $ 1.8 million by year five–making it competitive with baseball cable rights deals in other markets.

The Angels home games had been appearing on SportsChannel Los Angeles, but the pay service went dark Dec. 31. By jumping to an ad-supported basic cable network, the games will come on top of five home contests on the Angels over-the-air station, KTLA.

SportsChannel’s $ 3 million deal with the Anaheim team was set to expire at the end of the ’94 season. The demise of the sports service left the Angels scrambling for another outlet in the market after reaching a settlement with SportsChannel.

The Prime Ticket deal marks the first time the Angels have appeared on basic cable. Until now, the team has generally followed the lead of the Dodgers in entering new ventures.

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