It’s a good day for sports fans who have cut the cord from the cable company.
In other words, you are soon to have another option to stream games for your local baseball, basketball or hockey teams, such as the Atlanta Braves, without paying for cable or a standalone Bally Sports+ subscription.
This welcomed news comes after years of negotiation struggles between Sinclair Broadcasting and many live TV streaming providers left most streaming TV customers without access to these channels.
For the entirety of 2022, DIRECTV STREAM was the only live TV streaming service that offered Bally Sports regional sports networks (RSNs) as a part of its channel packages. Customers of services like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV continue to be without access to these channels.
Let’s take a look at what fuboTV announced and what it can mean for the future of streaming live sports via RSNs.
FuboTV Announces Streaming Rights Agreement for Bally Sports Channels
FuboTV announced that, in the coming weeks, fans of teams that broadcast local games on Bally Sports RSNs will be able to watch those teams with a live TV streaming subscription.
“RSNs are integral to FuboTV’s sports-first content strategy and our mission to superserve local passionate sports fans,” Henry Ahn, chief business officer of FuboTV, said via press release. “We are very pleased to bring Fubo subscribers significant local sports coverage through our new partnership with Bally Sports, the nation’s leader in local sports rights. Sinclair has been a great partner and we’re pleased that we were able to work together well to get a deal done that is meaningful and beneficial for both sides. We’re looking forward to bringing the Bally Sports RSNs to Fubo subscribers in the coming weeks.”
In the announcement, fuboTV indicated that most of the Bally Sports RSNs will be available with its base channel package, which is dubbed the “Pro” package.
What the announcement did not say, however, is if there will be any price increases that accompany this addition. As it stands on December 21, 2022, fuboTV is offering the Pro package for $69 per month.
If fuboTV maintains that pricing, it would be the cheapest live TV streaming service to offer Bally Sports RSNs.
Monthly Price: $74.99
Channels: 104 (Full list)
Free Trial: 7 Days (Sign up)
Cloud DVR Hours: 1000
Simultaneous Streams: 10
Local Channels: ABC, FOX and NBC in most markets. Limited CBS availability.
Regional Sports: Bally Sports, AT&T SportsNet and NBC Sports channels
Supported Streaming Devices:
Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Apple TV and select smart TVs (Full list)
Which Channels and Teams Are Coming To FuboTV Via This Agreement?
In total, Bally Sports is responsible for 19 regional sports networks spread across the country.
With this new agreement, FuboTV will provide subscribers with access to their respective local Bally Sports RSN(s), including:
- Bally Sports Arizona
- Bally Sports Detroit
- Bally Sports Florida
- Bally Sports Great Lakes
- Bally Sports Indiana
- Bally Sports Kansas City
- Bally Sports Midwest
- Bally Sports New Orleans
- Bally Sports North
- Bally Sports Ohio
- Bally Sports Oklahoma
- Bally Sports San Diego
- Bally Sports SoCal
- Bally Sports South
- Bally Sports Southeast
- Bally Sports Southwest
- Bally Sports Sun
- Bally Sports West
- Bally Sports Wisconsin
These networks broadcast live games for more than 40 MLB, NBA and NHL franchises, including popular brands like the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Red Wings.
You can reference this map to see how that impacts your favorite teams and which viewing areas the RSNs cover:
If you’re a sports fan who has a favorite team that plays on a Bally Sports RSN, you know what a struggle the last few years have been for finding the right live streaming TV service.
FuboTV stepping up to offer these channels is a big win for sports fans, as it provides an alternative to buy the Bally Sports+ package directly from Bally. This package, which costs a minimum of $20 per month, offers very little beyond live games from one channel.
This addition also allows fuboTV to confidently defend its Team Clark title as “best live TV streaming service for sports fans” going into 2023. Aside from RSNs, fuboTV also has a very generous menu of sports-related channels on its base subscription.
Will you be considering a fuboTV subscription after this announcement? We are interested to hear your thoughts in the Clark.com community.