Bally Sports Regional Networks are a group of regional sports networks and channels with deals to broadcast games of a number of MLB teams.
Bally is owned by Diamond Sports Group, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2023, a month after failing to make a $140 million interest payment.
This caused the fate of MLB broadcasts for specific teams to be murky, and the league had to make unexpected decisions to make sure its product reached its market.
After a round of negotiations, the team and Diamond reached an agreement for the 2024 campaign.
Fans will be able to watch their team on Bally Sports after all.
Evan Drellich of The Athletic tweeted a statement from Diamond: “We are pleased to have reached agreements with the Cleveland Guardians, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers that work for all parties and enable us to continue delivering high-quality, live game broadcasts on Bally Sports to dedicated fans through the 2024 season.”
The Guardians had to compromise to reach an agreement, but it’s now ready.
“#Guardians and Bally have a deal on a 1 year agreement. Reportedly less than the 60 mil they were due but more than the 80% deal MLB gave the Padres last season,” former Cleveland broadcaster Bryan Shaw tweeted.
#Guardians and Bally have a deal on a 1 year agreement.
Reportedly less than the 60 mil they were due but more than the 80% deal MLB gave the Padres last season. https://t.co/ytG0EMIkey
— Bryan Shaw (@WxShaw) February 2, 2024
It wasn’t easy, but Guardians fans will get what they wanted: to watch their team play baseball.
Hopefully, the Guards can gift fans the joy of making it to the postseason again, like they did in 2022 and for most of the 2010s.