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05-27-2019, 12:21 PM,
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CARLSBAD , Calif. (AP) — Baseball owners plan to vote on a new term for Commissioner Rob Manfred, a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for in-game cut-ins with the subscription video streaming service DAZN when they meet next week in Atlanta, a person familiar with the agenda told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because Major League Baseball had not made public the agenda for the meetings, scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15.Manfred was elected commissioner in August 2014 to succeed Bud Selig and started a five-year term the following Jan. 25. The person said Manfred’s new term likely will be for five years.Fox and Turner Broadcasting are in the midst of eight-year agreements through 2021 in which Fox has exclusive rights to the World Series and All-Star Game, splits the League Championship Series with Turner and shares the Division Series with Turner and the MLB Network.DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone), which launched this year, has been negotiating a $300 million, three-year deal with MLB , the person said. Former ESPN president John Skipper is the chairman of DAZN’s parent company.DAZN announced an 11-fight deal last month with boxer Canelo Alvarez. DAZN, a live and on-demand service, said it is backed by Access Industries, a company founded by Leonard Blavatnik. If the Los Angeles Angels move on from manager Mike Scioscia, former MLB third basemanEric Chavez is the front-runner for the job, according toUSA Today'sBob Nightengale.Chavez is a special assistant in the Angels organization and finished the 2018 minor league season as skipper of the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.The Athletic'sKen Rosenthalreported in early August thatScioscia鈥攚ho is about to reach the end of a10-year contracthe signed in January 2009鈥攊s expected to step down at the end of the season after 19 years on the job. He went 1,646-1,427 with the Angels. He also made seven postseason appearances and won the 2002 World Series.With five games to play Anthony Rizzo Jersey , the Angels are 76-81 and sit 23.5 games back in the American League West. This marks the fourth consecutive season they'll miss the playoffs.Although Rosenthal reportedScioscia is not expected to be back with the Angels next season, the skipper toldKLAA-AM radio Monday (h/ that he'd "like to" keep managing, whether it's in Los Angeles or elsewhere:"We'll continue to evaluate things this week. I'll speak with [Angels owner] Arte [Moreno] and speak with [general manager] Billy [Eppler] and kind of come to a decision. But I think that if you love something, you want to continue to keep doing it. If you can, great. And if it doesn't happen, so be it. But I love the dugout."If the Angels move on, Chavez could get the nod.The 40-year-old played 17 seasons in the majors, suiting up for the Oakland Athletics (13 years) , the New York Yankees (two) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (two). He retired in July 2014, wrapping up a career in which he hit .268 with 260 home runs and won six Gold Gloves as well as a Silver Slugger.Chavez then worked on the A's broadcast crew. In October 2014, the Yankeeshiredhim as a special assignment scout. He then joined the Angels after the 2015 season as aspecial assistantto general manager Billy Eppler, who was part of the front office that brought Chavez to New York before Eppler moved to Los Angeles in 2015.Scioscia's 1,646 managerial victories are the most in franchise history.Bill Rigney (1961-69) ranks second with 625 wins. Replacing him with someone who has no experience as a big league manager may seem risky, but Chavez does have a good relationship with the general manager."He can bring a high sense of baseball acumen in a number of areas, through experience, through just how he relates to people Andre Dawson Jersey , how he'll relate to young players, older players, coaches, scouts, front office people," Eppler said of Chavez in October 2015, per'sAlden Gonzalez. "He's just a really magnetic personality and someone I have a lot of trust and a lot of faith in."The Angels' final 2018 game will take place Sunday.

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