Bally’s Sports seems to be close to a solution that would allow Dallas Mavericks fans to see Luka Doncic and his teammates in games they can’t see otherwise.
Bally’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting, announced in a quarterly report this week that the company is moving forward with a smooth launch of its streaming package, called Bally’s Sports +. The debut of the package would be in the second quarter of 2022.
The price of the streaming package would be $ 189.99 per year or $ 19.99 per month.
Thestreamable.com provided details of the quarterly report and the potential for a smooth release during the second quarter. He Dallas Morning News reported that the soft release could begin as early as June, with a full release in September.
Locally, Bally’s Sports is available primarily on DirecTV and Spectrum. The only streaming service offered by Bally’s Sports is DirecTV Stream.
Other providers, such as YouTube TV, Sling TV, Hulu, and fuboTV, do not offer Bally’s Sports due to disagreements over royalties.
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The streaming service is intended for local use. For example, someone with a Bally’s Sports + package living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area might see the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Dallas Stars, along with any other programming on the network.
It is not intended to be an alternative to current digital plans outside the market, such as MLB Extra Innings or NBA League Pass.
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Sinclair owns the broadcast rights to 16 NBA teams, and that includes the Mavericks. After the WNBA Mavs, Stars and Dallas Wings we renegotiated their TV deals with Sinclair. This means that Mavs games could be available to streaming subscribers as soon as next preseason, assuming the soft release goes according to plan. Any game the Mavs play for the rest of this postseason will be on national television.
Texas Rangers fans could still have problems. Sinclair owns the broadcast rights to five Major League Baseball teams, and the Rangers are not one of them. They should reach an agreement before the streaming service can include their games.
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