Mitchell Report doesn't affect Major League Baseball's credit rating

Updated: December 19, 2007, 4:00 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Fitch Ratings said Wednesday it was affirming the "A" rating it assigned to the Major League Baseball Trust, which it said consists of a $978 million variable funding note and a $389 million term note.

The statement followed the release of the report by George Mitchell last week in which the former Maine senator made recommendations regarding the widespread use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in professional baseball.

The notes in the trust are secured by the baseball league's centralized broadcast contracts and other shared revenue.

Investors use credit ratings to determine the likelihood of getting their money back under the terms they loaned it.

"Fitch's affirmation reflects continued trust performance within expectations as broadcast agreements with FOX Broadcasting Company, Turner Broadcasting System, and ESPN provide contractual revenue through the 2013 season," the ratings company said.

"Fitch does not expect that reaction to the recently released Mitchell Report will have any meaningful or long term impact on the trust revenues that secure the notes issued by MLB Trust."

The company's "A" rating is the second-lowest investment-grade rank.

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