We wrote about the negotiation issues that the Fox Sports Regional Sports Networks were having with YoutubeTV last week. Their deal came to an end and Fox Sports Ohio, among many Fox Sports stations around the country were going to be pulled from YoutubeTV before the two sides agreed to a temporary extension. While Sinclair couldn’t reach an agreement with YoutubeTV on all of their RSN’s, they did so for a large majority of them – including Fox Sports Ohio according to Eric Fisher of Sport Business.
Sinclair confirmed it has reached an agreement with YouTube TV for 19 of 21 Fox RSNs, but not Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, and did not as well for the YES Network. Such a deal where part, but not all, of the network offerings are not part of a carriage agreement such as this is somewhat unusual within US sports media.
The YES Network was, how do we put this – less than happy with how things turned out. They released a childish statement, that while understandably frustrated over things – it reads in an incredibly unprofessional manner.
YouTube TV has dropped the YES Network. pic.twitter.com/RxVgSIjQsR
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) March 5, 2020
Fortunately for Cincinnati Reds fans, things didn’t quite go that way. Fox Sports Ohio is still not available on Dish Network, Sling TV, or fubo as Sinclair and those companies can’t/haven’t come to an agreement on the price to include it with their services. But if you were thinking of switching away from YoutubeTV – which everyone who uses it seems to absolutely love – now you won’t have to.
Update: March 6th at 5:30PM
While the agreement that was originally spoken about above is technically true, it’s incredibly misleading. Awful Announcing has a more thorough breakdown of what’s going on, but it certainly isn’t a deal like we’ve ever seen in the past. Many people who don’t live directly in a Major League city would get multiple Fox Sports affiliates. What appears to have happened is that in many cases you now only get one of those.
What it’s done is left many fans of baseball teams who used to get their teams games through YoutubeTV from Fox Sports (whatever city) no longer have that channel – but do retain another Fox Sports (whatever other city). But in some cases users have lost ALL of their Fox Sports affiliates. And since these places were previously eligible to get Fox Sports (whatever city) and no longer do, it means that they would be in the blackout area, and thus couldn’t just subscribe to MLB.tv to watch their team. The only option seems to be to switch “cable” providers to one that does offer the channel they need. It’s a big mess that is leaving many, many sports fans around the country unhappy.