Until 1965  (when Major League Baseball made its first ever, league-wide regular-season network television deal with ABC), there was no league-wide national television package for regular season Major League Baseball games. As a result, teams, if they so desired, could sell the rights to the networks. Also prior to 1965, regular season Major League Baseball telecasts broadcast by networks had to be blacked-out in cities with league franchises. More to the point, by around the year prior, thanks to expansion (in 1960 and 1961 ), regular season MLB games shown on network television were blacked out in most major markets. However, the network Games of the Week , up until the late 1980s, still could not be seen in the two cities whose local teams were playing in each respective game.