Executive 8: Local broadcast stations take most local NBA, NHL and MLB sports rights away from regional sports networks

Sticking with the sports theme, the regional sports network business may or may not be collapsing. Broadcast station groups have been in talks with the NBA, NHL and MLB for much of the year about picking up local games if certain RSNs fail.

Poaching teams from Diamond Sports Group, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and carries the games of more than 40 professional sports teams, has been the primary target thus far for companies such as E.W. Scripps and Gray Television. Scripps now carries games from the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes. Gray reached a deal to broadcast the NBA’s Phoenix Suns earlier this year.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon is in talks to invest in Diamond Sports Group to keep the company afloat while potentially using Prime Video as a landing home for streaming rights.

This executive said he believes the broadcast station groups will emerge as the primary winner of rights as leagues will push for the expanded reach of broadcast TV while cable subscribers dwindle.

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