Sinclair rebranding Fox Sports Regional Networks as Bally Sports

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    Sinclair unveils Bally Sports network lineup, which will replace and reshuffle the Fox Sports RSNs



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    Sinclair officially revealed the revamped lineup of Fox Sports RSNs.

    We’ve known for a while that Bally’s had signed up for naming rights in a branding partnership deal, but until now the networks had remained under the Fox Sports moniker (and indeed will continue to do so for a while.) Now, though, we have an overall logo, and we know the markets and how they’ll align. It includes some reshuffling of a few markets, as well.

    Via their release:

    “We are extremely proud to unveil the Bally Sports logo as it signifies a new, transformative chapter in the regional sports business and is representative of our cohesive partnership with Bally’s,” said Steve Rosenberg, President of Local Sports, Sinclair Broadcast Group. “The upcoming rebrand across our RSN footprint is incredibly exciting, not only for our entire portfolio, but for loyal sports fans across the country.”

    Two Fox Sports networks will be merged into nearby regions, rather than carry on as, essentially, one-team networks:

    Additionally, two limited part-time channels serving the South region – FOX Sports Carolinas and FOX Sports Tennessee – will be sunset to streamline program offerings. All live games and original programming – namely Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes content – that previously aired under those brands, will reside on Bally Sports South (previously FOX Sports South) and Bally Sports Southeast (previously FOX Sports Southeast), the two full-time networks that service the greater region.

    This map helps break down how the new regions and networks look (although, yeah, Cleveland is a bit out of place.)



    This RSN saga has dragged on for years, from the initial news of the Disney-Fox rumor all the way through to now. It’s also pretty interesting to see so many teams are going to be playing games on a network defined and sponsored by a gambling company. It wasn’t that long ago that this would have raised all sorts of controversy, and that it hasn’t (especially not on the Sinclair scale of generating controversy) is just the latest sign of the growing acceptance of legal sports betting.


    The changes still won’t be effective for a few months, and there are still distributors who aren’t carrying them due to rights disputes with Sinclair. But for those who have followed the saga, transitioning from the Fox Sports name is certainly a milestone.
     
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    RIP to this theme in a few months

     
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    Dumb
     
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    Remember Bally Total Fitness :flabbynsick:
     
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    fukk Sinclair :pacspit: Their stupid demands have kept me from watching Bird Gang through YouTube TV, just like they’ve been dropped from Dish, Hulu, Sling, etc.
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking. The Fat bytches In Spandex Channel:dahell:
     
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    Right? :scust:
     
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    that looks identical
     
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    Why? Don't they own the music?
     
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    Sheeeit I'd watch that :mjlit:
     
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    They probably do but when rebrands happen they always eventually have new theme music.

    Comcast Sportsnet rebranded to NBC Sports Regional when Comcast bought NBC in 2011-12.

    A few years later they changed the theme



    To now

     
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    just like Radio Shack, an obvious front for a drug cartel or something cause where the fukk Bally got all this money :heh:
     
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    Sinclair “only” paid $10 billion to get these RSNs from Disney and it looks like they hit a lick with this since Disney had to sell.

    Seems like the shyt is wide open to put some streaming and TV rights deals together per network.

    But at that price I wonder who else bid on this shyt. A breh like Byron Allen could’ve gotten a group together to get a deal going and see how much $ they could’ve made by literally getting the rights to as many leagues as possible.
     
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    Byron Allen got in on the Sinclair deal
     

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