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What The Bally Sports Bankruptcy Filing Suggests For Dallas Mavericks Fans


Mar 19, 2023

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Diamond Sports Group, the owner of 21 regional sports networks operating beneath the name Bally Sports, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy final week. These networks have the rights to 42 qualified teams, which includes the Dallas Mavericks.

The filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas comes just after the group missed a $140 million interest payment final month. Diamond expects to continue day-to-day operations at all its RSNs as it operates to restructure and remove $eight.67 billion in debt and kind a separate business from Sinclair Broadcast GroupSBGI.

“DSG will continue broadcasting games and connecting fans across the nation with the sports and teams they really like,” Diamond Sports CEO David Preschlack stated in a statement. “We appear forward to functioning constructively with our group and league partners and all DSG stakeholders all through this procedure and beyond.”

For now, nothing at all will adjust for fans who want to watch the Mavericks play on Bally Sports Southwest throughout the remainder of the typical season and the initial round of the NBA Playoffs. ABC, ESPN and TNT have exclusive NBA playoff rights just after the initial round.

Although Mavericks games will nonetheless air on Bally, numerous fans nonetheless do not have access to the network. Bally Sports Southwest is nonetheless unavailable on YouTube Television, Hulu Reside, Dish, Sling Television and other common streaming solutions. For cord-cutters, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV are the only streaming providers that carry the network in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The access headaches for fans brought on Mavericks governor Mark Cuban to companion with DirecTV Stream and provide discounted service in November 2021. Cuban arranged for the initial ten,000 new DirecTV Stream subscribers who signed up for a Selection package or greater to obtain a $50 per month credit for every month of maintained service for up to 5 months.

The provide didn’t carry more than to the 2022-23 NBA season.

All round, the NBA has remained comparatively quiet on the economic troubles of its biggest tv companion. The league reportedly renewed its deal with Diamond Sports Group to stream 16 of its teams locally on the Bally Sports+ streaming service. The arrangement runs by means of the 2024-25 season and consists of a series of a single-year offers with much more than a dozen circumstances attached that Diamond have to meet.

Sinclair purchased the regional sports networks that would come to be Bally Sports from The Walt DisneyDIS Co. for almost $ten billion in 2019. The Division of Justice expected Disney to sell the networks as element of the approval procedure for acquiring 21st Century Fox’s film and tv assets.

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