The Portland Trail Blazers’ television broadcast is moving to a new home.
After months of negotiation and speculation, the team has agreed to a four-year deal with Root Sports to broadcast Blazers games, ending a 14-year partnership with NBC Sports Northwest.
The deal, which runs through the 2024-25 NBA season, will put Blazers games in more homes than ever, end a long-running public relations nightmare surrounding satellite television distribution and elevate them onto a regional network alongside teams in multiple professional sports leagues.
“This is exciting and appealing, we think, on many levels,” Chris McGowan, Blazers President and CEO, said. “We’re looking forward to joining a network that other professional teams are on and excited to partner with teams like the Mariners and Kraken. It’s a great place to watch sports in the Pacific Northwest.”
The agreement ends an extended negotiation and an extensive search by the Blazers to find a new television partner, which included exploratory conversations with both traditional and nontraditional carriers.
NBC Sports Northwest has been the Blazers’ television home since the start of the 2007-08 season, when the sides signed a mammoth 10-year agreement. But their partnership encountered problems from the beginning because the network — which is owned by Comcast Corp. — could never land distribution deals with satellite providers DirecTV and Dish, leaving thousands of Blazers fans two choices: ditch satellite or ditch their beloved team. That nearly 15-year headache will go away with…