So it had nothing to do with dollars or number of years, only details relating to emerging technologies (web broadcasts in the future?).
With the first pitch of the season hours away, the Angels and Fox Sports Net agreed Sunday to a contract that will ensure the team television coverage of virtually every game for the next decade.
The contract includes the rights to 150 games, with FSN West carrying 100 starting with today's opener and Channel 13 airing 50.
The financial terms of the contract -- $500 million over 10 years -- have not changed since February, when Angel owner Arte Moreno called the package "a done deal." Moreno broke off talks last Wednesday, over what sources called issues surrounding emerging technologies, but the parties resumed discussions Friday.
For the second time in nine years, FSN paid handsomely to stop the Angels from starting a cable channel.
In 1998, when Disney proposed ESPN West for the Angels and Mighty Ducks, FSN secured 10-year rights to both teams for $140 million.
This time, with the Angels coming off consecutive division championships and setting team records in attendance and television ratings, FSN paid $500 million for the Angels alone. In its initial bid last October, FSN offered about $340 million for 10 years.
Under the old contract, FSN would have paid the Angels $14.5 million for the rights to 50 games this season. Under the new deal, which takes effect immediately, FSN will pay about $32 million for 150 games, with the rights fee increasing annually.