MLB, Bally’s To Stream Minor Leagues For Free
Major League Baseball (MLB) has reportedly made a deal to stream all minor league games for free.
The Bally Live app will host all available broadcasts for the 120 minor league teams, with the move coming amid uncertainty around local broadcasts at the major league level.
According to the New York Post, there will be no blackouts for local teams, unlike MLB.TV, which only provides video for out-of-market games.
Bally’s, a casino operator and owner of the sports betting app Bally Bet, will not allow gambling on minor league games, however, it will provide free games related to the broadcasts.
Fans will also be able to bet on other events through Bally’s, including MLB games.
It’s worth noting that Bally’s owns the naming rights to the 19 Diamond Sports Group regional sports networks.
However, the company doesn’t produce or broadcast games on those channels.
Diamond Sports Group filed for bankruptcy last week but has stated that it will continue to operate its networks and broadcast games.
Additionally, the Texas Rangers have notified Diamond that they may sever ties and seek other ways to broadcast their games.
The move may push other teams to follow suit, with MLB Network ready to step in if Diamond can’t continue its coverage.