|U.S.-financed 'esquina caliente'|
The Office of Cuba Broadcasting on Feb. 26 paid Major League Baseball Properties Inc. $70,800 for broadcast rights for 2013, records show.
That will allow Radio/TV Martí to broadcast games to Cuba, starting with Sunday night's game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros.
The taxpayer-financed Office of Cuba Broadcasting has paid $562,950 for MLB broadcast rights since 2005, according to USASpending.gov.
Rights cost $60,000 per year from 2005 to 2009, $63,000 in 2010 and 2011, and $66,150 in 2012.
The baseball season runs through Sept. 29.
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