As Warner Bros. Discovery looks for more cost-cutting measures, the division was issued another round of layoffs across the company. Most of the layoffs were within the digital group, which lost around 10 percent of its staff. According to sources, over 50 employees lost their jobs throughout all of Discovery Sports excluding on-air talents and senior executives.
Last November, Warner Bros Sports eliminated 70 jobs and has continued to look for more areas to save on operational costs. This past April, AT&T SportsNets announced plans to shut down.
“Warner Bros. Discovery, the parent company behind AT&T SportsNet has confirmed that they intend to shut down their RSNs. They are reportedly working with MLB, NBA, and NHL to transfer the rights to the teams allowing them to stream the games in market or find new partners to replace AT&T SportsNets.”
Although SportsNets was originally scheduled to in April of 2023, along with all Warner Bros Regional Sports Networks (RSNs), this has been temporarily suspended thanks to a possible new deal with the MLB.
As outlined by the reported agreement, throughout the 2023 MLB season AT&T SportsNets will continue paying rights fees to the MLB. Warner Bros. Discovery will not renew the contract at the end of the season, though rumors that the Astros and Rockets could potentially take over the Houston division. If not, AT&T’s SportsNets will be shut down.
The MLB assures fans they will still be able to view the games online for free if the deal with AT&T SportsNets falls through.
As for Warner Bros. Discovery’s other RSNs, there is no plan in place to save them and all will likely be terminated. That’s not to say no one is looking for a buyer for RSNs or a new platform for multiple sports leagues, just that no options have yet to be uncovered.