NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that baseball owners know how much they'll get from their new national television contracts, they are sure to start spending it.
With a free-agent class upcoming that includes Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Mike Hampton and Mike Mussina, much of that money will be committed in the upcoming months.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said the increased money will help baseball's low-revenue teams, but said owners still will want to make changes to the sport's economic structure.
"Obviously, I'm very pleased," Selig said Wednesday after announcing Fox's $2.5 billion, six-year contract. "The rest is up to me to try to take all the revenue and to correct the disparity problems and the other problems that exist."
Wild makes it
to win column
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Jim Dowd had a goal and two assists as the expansion Minnesota Wild defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Wednesday night to win their first exhibition game.
Scott Pellerin added a goal and an assist and Sergei Krivokrasov added a power-play goal for the Wild (1-2-3), who have 11 goals in their last three games since being shut out by the Vancouver Canucks on Sept. 23.
Brad Stuart scored for the Sharks (2-3-1), who have scored just three goals in three straight losses.
Sharks goalie Steve Shields made his first start since agreeing to a contract last Friday, stopping 15 of 18 shots before Evgeni Nabokov replaced him with 6:32 left in the second period.
Wild goalie Manny Fernandez made 37 saves.
Pellerin's goal with 14 seconds left in the first, a one-timer from the top of the circle, gave the Wild a 1-0 lead.
Krivokrasov scored in the first four minutes of the second period to make it 2-0. Dowd scored a minute later.
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