(CBS Seattle) – The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday the organization has purchased the controlling stake in ROOT Sports to form a new regional sports network partnership.

As part of the new agreement, the network will televise Mariners’ games through the 2030 MLB season.

ROOT Sports, which is operated by the Seattle-based DIRECTV Sports Networks, will continue to run under its current name and will still televise other professional, collegiate and high school sports programming year-round.

DIRECTV Sports Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of DIRECTV and operates three regional sports networks branded as ROOT Sports. The three networks (based in Bellevue, Denver and Pittsburgh) are distributed across 18 states and hold exclusive regional telecast rights to more than two dozen professional and collegiate teams including the Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Utah Jazz, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers and Gonzaga University.

The ROOT SPORTS Networks also air Big Sky, Mountain West, Pac-12, Big 12, Conference USA and other collegiate football, basketball and other events.

-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan

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