TV Answer Man, I heard there’s a showdown between the Bally Sports channels and our Spectrum TV company and they will lose the sports channels. Do you know what’s the deal with these two? Can’t they get along? I know the Reds are on strike but come on. — Tony, Dayton, Ohio.
Tony, the Cincinnati Reds are not on strike, but MLB’s lockout of the players is threatening to postpone the season indefinitely. The owners and players yesterday were unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement and MLB said the first two series of the 2022 season would be cancelled. It’s unclear when the two sides will return to the negotiating table or how many other games will need to be cancelled.
But when they finally settle (and they will eventually), will the Reds and other MLB teams carried by the Bally Sports regional channels be available on Charter Spectrum?
Sinclair, which owns Bally Sports, and 100 plus local network affiliates, has been negotiating a new carriage pact with Charter’s executive team. The current contract was set to expire this week. But according to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, the two companies just agreed on a one-month extension to the old contract which allows negotiations to continue without Spectrum TV subscribers losing the Bally Sports channels or the network affiliates.
So for now, Charter Spectrum subscribers can still watch Bally Sports Ohio, the TV home of the Cincinnati Reds, although they still can’t watch the Reds.
Tony, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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It sure sucks that I can’t watch the Brewers on Spectrum TV.
Did Spectrum get dropped from BallySports today? 4/21/22
This is friggin absurd. The article is from 2021 but clearly shows today’s date. Who gives a rat’s arse about this topic back in 2021. Fix your damn site. This should not come up in a web search when I’m looking for current info. Geez.
The article is March 3, 2022. Not 2021.
I lost my bally sports channel (29) May 20 2022 can you shed some light on reason why? The channel is gone from the guide on the apple TV as well as on the spectrum app
Went to go watch my braves game today, said i didnt have permission. Called and spectrum rep said access to bally sports app was cancelled. No notice given to me as customer. Pretty crappy customer service and shame that between these two massive organization, the fan comes last again.