DIRECTV & DIRECTV STREAM Will Reportedly Keep Bally Sports RSN





DIRECTV and Bally Sports have been locked in a legal fight over TV fees paid by DIRECTV for MLB teams that Bally Sports no longer offers. According to DIRECTV its contract with Bally Sports is forcing it to pay for MLB teams that the network no longer has rights to. Now it is being reported that a deal has been reached that will see Bally Sports RSNs stay on DIRECTV and DRIECTV STREAM going forward.

This all comes as DIRECTV is trying to get out of paying for several Bally Sports channels that no longer include live sports, including Bally Sports Arizona, which has now shut down. In response to this, Bally Sports is asking its Bankruptcy Judge to force DIRECTV to pay the full price even though it no longer includes the live sporting events it offered when the contract was signed, including one channel, Bally Sports Arizona, that shut down last year and other channels that offer fewer sports teams now.

It was first reported by John Ourand from PuckNews that a deal had been reached:

The question now is what are the terms of this new deal? For now though DIRECTV customers can rest knowing they won’t lose their RSNs.

This comes as Bally Sports has already lost TV rights to the first major NBA team, the Suns, which cut ties with Bally Sports and is now going to make their games free over the air thanks to a partnership with Gray Television. Not only will the games be free over the air, but they will also be streamed to viewers in the market on the new Suns Live streaming service. With this deal starting this month, fans of the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA Phoenix Mercury will be able to watch the games for free over the air on KTVK and KPHE. With the expansion of KPHE, the Suns will now be free to watch over the air in all three of Arizona’s TV markets.

Bally Sports’ parent company, Diamond Sports Group, is still in bankruptcy as it awaits the final steps to exit and resume normal operations.

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