Bally Sports+ will launch Monday in Louisiana

Bally Sports New Orleans, the network that owns the Pelicans’ local broadcast rights, will launch its streaming service in Louisiana on Monday.

Bally Sports+ will give Louisianans another streaming option to watch Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Co. as they enter a highly anticipated 2022-23 season.

Bally Sports+ will cost $19.99 a month or $189.99 annually.

The lack of streaming options in the marketplace over the past two seasons has frustrated Pelicans fans. YouTube TV and Hulu Live dropped Bally Sports in October 2020. In the meantime, cable providers and DirecTV Stream have continued to carry Bally Sports New Orleans.

“We are thrilled to provide Pelicans fans with another way to watch their team,” Steve Simpson, Bally Sports Southwest’s senior vice president, said in a statement provided to The Times-Picayune. “Fans now have more choice and more flexibility to access Pels games and other programming featured on Bally Sports New Orleans. We are proud to offer this in time for what should be an exciting Pelicans season.”

Bally Sports owns the rights to 76 of the Pelicans’ 82 regular-season games. Only six of the team’s regular-season games are TNT exclusives.

Sinclair bought Fox Sports Networks in 2019 for $10.6 billion. Sinclair announced those regional sports networks would be rebranded as Bally Sports in January 2021. The diminishing fees cable companies are paying out to regional sports networks have severely damaged Bally Sports’ bottom line.

The New York Post reported Tuesday…

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