Across the United States, over 40 professional sports teams, from the NBA, NHL, and MLB, had broadcast deals with regional sports network Bally Sports. However, that could change in the coming weeks and months. The parent owner of Bally Sports filed for bankruptcy this past year and that has set off a wave in the sports industry. So, one might be wondering which MLB teams Bally Sports has TV rights to. Here’s a look at the company’s MLB portfolio.
Bally Sports teams in MLB
Here’s the list of MLB teams that Bally Sports had rights to as of this year:
- Atlanta Braves
- Cincinnati Reds
- Cleveland Indians
- Detroit Tigers
- Kansas City Royals
- Los Angeles Angels
- Miami Marlins
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Minnesota Twins
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Texas Rangers
As of the end of 2023, there were 12 teams that had arrangements with the regional sports network.
We should note that both the Padres and Diamondbacks began the year with Bally Sports. However, both teams ended their deals early due to the fallout of the bankruptcy and had their broadcasts run by Major League Baseball.
The Minnesota Twins’ agreement with Bally Sports ended at the conclusion of the 2023 campaign. No new network has been announced of this writing.
Texas, meanwhile, will be looking for a new network come 2024.
The Rangers will no longer have their games broadcast on Bally Sports after the 2024 season.
The dealings with Bally Sports may very well affect the league beyond where fans watch the games on TV. The reason for that is the fallout will very likely affect player payrolls due to the potential fall in TV rights revenue.
As the bankruptcy proceedings with Bally Sports continue, more fallout and television network changes could be on the horizon for the 11 teams still with Bally Sports. This article will be updated to reflect any future changes that are on the horizon.