- The NBA and Diamond Sports Group have reached an agreement to extend NBA game broadcasts on Bally Sports RSNs for the 2023-24 season.
- Court approval is pending due to Diamond Sports Group’s ongoing restructuring efforts.
- Existing RSN deals will expire this season but can be extended by teams if Diamond continues operating in specific markets.
- The NBA is currently negotiating its next national television deal, set to expire in 2024-25.
In a move aimed at providing stability to NBA game broadcasts, theNBA and Diamond Sports Group have reached a tentative agreement that would extend the presence of NBA games on Bally Sports Regional Sports Networks throughout the 2023-24 season.
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This arrangement, however, is still pending court approval due to Diamond Sports Group’s ongoing efforts to reorganize its business.
“The agreement we’ve reached with Diamond, pending court approval, will allow Diamond to continue broadcasting NBA games in its 15 markets for the 2023-24 season,”
This deal offers a degree of assurance for the NBA and its teams during the current season, particularly as 15 of the league’s 30 teams have their local games televised on Bally Sports RSNs. These teams include the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, and San Antonio Spurs.
According to Tim Bontemps, of ESPN, The part of this agreement, existing RSN deals between teams and Bally Sports will expire at the end of the current season, regardless of their original term length. However, if Diamond continues operations in a specific market, the respective team may opt to extend their existing agreement for one additional year.
This deal also opens the door for Diamond Sports to license games to local over-the-air stations in the teams’ home markets.
“Our newly-signed agreements with the NBA, Comcast, and our creditors represent significant progress on Diamond’s path forward. Pending court approval, these agreements will enable Diamond to continue delivering live game broadcasts to fans throughout the 2023-24 NBA, NHL, and MLB seasons. Diamond has been broadcasting NBA and NHL games and will continue to do so while the Court considers our motions, and while discussions with the NHL finalize with respect to their own new deal.”
A spokesperson from Diamond Sports Group expressed,
This development occurs amidst the NBA’s ongoing negotiations for its next national television deal, as its current agreement with ESPN and Turner Sports is set to conclude by the end of the 2024-25 season.
Furthermore, there’s a growing trend among NBA teams to shift towards airing games on broadcast television to reach a wider audience. The Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz, for example, have chosen this path, despite acknowledging short-term revenue sacrifices.
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