MLB is reporting that the deal is non-exclusive:
Additionally, in keeping with MLB’s desire to provide as much MLB programming to as many baseball fans as possible, MLB and DIRECTV have agreed to include a provision that allows MLB EXTRA INNINGS to be offered to other incumbents – In Demand and DISH Network – at consistent rates and carriage requirements with a deal to be concluded before the baseball season begins.
Of course, this just means MLB will make outrageous demands of the cable companies to carry Extra Innings, and then point blame to them when the deal doesn’t go through and it ends up exclusively on DirecTV. But now, I’ll have to change the billing address for my beers to the CEOs of the major cable providers.
In other news, bartenders and bar owners around the country are crying right now.