RandBall: More bad news for local sports viewers: Dish, Bally Sports impasse looks permanent

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per RandBall:

Much of the consternation over the absence of regional sports channels from carriers has focused on streaming options. One by one, platforms like Sling, YouTube TV and Hulu have dropped Sinclair-owned RSNs in the last couple of years, impacting local viewers in many markets.

One sliver of light that emerged in recent months, though, had to do with a larger platform: Dish Network, which dropped the RSNs in July 2019, was in negotiations with Sinclair and there was hope that a new deal might include the re-emergence of those channels.

Instead, a deal was reached between the two sides this week that did not include those regional channels — a signal that those channels might not ever return to Dish.

So the countless Dish customers in Minnesota who have contacted me hoping they might be able to watch the Twins, Wild, Wolves and other teams on Bally Sports North are instead out of luck — and perhaps still stuck in expensive and lengthy contracts with Dish even though they aren't getting one of the channels they really want.

It's a major blow all around.

Though the RSNs are available on cable systems and DirecTV, which at 15.4 million subscribers is the largest satellite provider, their continued absence from Dish is notable.

Dish has 8 million subscribers, as many as Hulu and YouTube TV combined. And the failed negotiations between Dish and Sinclair could be a sign of even more disruption to the business of putting sports on TV.

As John Ourand writes in the linked story above, teams could feel the pinch of lost TV revenue. Sinclair's Diamond Sports group could be pushed closer to bankruptcy. And negotiations between Sinclair and Charter, a large cable system, could be impacted next year.

All of that could push us closer to a better solution in the future, considering the disaster Sinclair has been ever since acquiring the RSNs in the middle of 2019.


Go Gophers!!
 

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Bad news? This is great news!

If Dish ponied up, Sinclair may have survived, prolonging the absence of RSNs for all of us.

This hurts Sinclair, which means BSN is more likely to fail.

Failure gets us closer to regaining RSNs.

Let's hope Charter tells Sinclair to pound sand. If BSN isn't dead by then, it will be if Charter says no.

That was a great outcome by Dish!
 

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Bad news? This is great news!

If Dish ponied up, Sinclair may have survived, prolonging the absence of RSNs for all of us.

This hurts Sinclair, which means BSN is more likely to fail.

Failure gets us closer to regaining RSNs.

Let's hope Charter tells Sinclair to pound sand. If BSN isn't dead by then, it will be if Charter says no.

That was a great outcome by Dish!

On the flip side, if Bally and the other Sinclair networks fold, there is no guarantee that the rights to those teams would return to the major streaming services.

the odds are equally as good that Bally would try to roll out its own separate streaming plan. And there has been speculation that they would be asking for $20 a month or more for BSN as a stand-along streamer. I'm sure not paying that.
 




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