The Tampa Bay Rays are in discussions on a long-term extension with Fox Sports Net that will lock in the team’s local media rights for at least the next 16 years, sources say.

The deal, which still has hurdles the two sides have to overcome, could be finalized before the start of the baseball season. Those discussion points that still need to be negotiated are not known, but the groups are scheduled to meet next month to try to hammer them out. Allen & Co.’s Steve Greenberg is representing the Rays. Fox Sports Regional Networks President Jeff Krolik is handling negotiations for Fox.

The Rays are entering the final year of their current deal on Fox Sports Sun.