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MLB Considering New Streaming Service To Let Fans Watch Local Teams Without Cable
Major League Baseball is considering launching a streaming service that would allow cable-free fans to watch their hometown teams in their local markets. The national service could be launched as early as 2023, according to the New York Post.
The streaming platform is said to offer the same game that is broadcast by local television networks and costs between $ 10 and $ 20 per month, depending on the user’s home market. MLB.TV, the league’s off-market service that does not allow fans to broadcast games in their home television territory, would continue to operate alongside this new service.
“The correct statement would be that Sinclair does not have enough digital rights from enough clubs to have a viable product direct to the consumer,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. said last week CAA World Sports Congress Conference. “We believe these digital rights are crucial. We want to own and control the platform they are delivered to, we can have partners in that process.
The Post adds that the NBA and NHL could team up with MLB to launch the new streaming service. Sinclair Broadcast Group’s desire to launch its own streaming service complicates the league’s plans. Sinclair televises 14 MLB, 16 NBA and 12 NHL teams on its regional Bally Sports networks after paying $ 9.6 billion for these rights in 2019 as part of Disney’s sale of 21 regional networks of Fox.
“They [Sinclair] paid $ 10 billion. It’s not clear if it’s a good deal with $ 5 billion, ”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at the World Sports Congress. “For now, clearly, the [cable] the package is broken. We try to solve these problems with them.