The day has come. According to John Ourand, Bally Sports San Diego will no longer be a thing tomorrow, as Diamond Sports (Bally’s parent company) has alerted the San Diego Padres that they will not be making their TV rights fee payment by tonight’s deadline.
The basics that fans need to know are as follows:
- Don Orsillo, Mark Grant and Bob Scanlan will still be broadcasting the games. It isn’t clear if there will be a pregame and postgame show still though
- MLB will stream games through Sunday for free and will make games available on TV. After Sunday, fans can spend $19.99 per month for MLB TV to watch the games.
MLB to produce and distribute @Padres games starting on May 31. Fans in-market can watch on DirecTV, Spectrum, Cox, Fubo and @MLBTV. Padres games will be streamed free on https://t.co/Z3s2EpgF39 and https://t.co/qiGCQEYFvE through June 4: https://t.co/JKWNEvSeJO pic.twitter.com/MjLbwvkpyq— MLB (@MLB) May 31, 2023
- The Padres were scheduled to be paid $60 million per year through 2032
Diamond skips Padres rights fee payment. Tonight is the last Padres game Bally Sports San Diego will produce.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) May 30, 2023
MLB will produce and distribute tomorrow's Padres-Marlins game.
SBJ's story: https://t.co/pZdx3kkoFd
Obviously that last bullet point makes you wonder if the Padres will still be able to get that money through another TV deal. It will be interesting to see what the next steps are in this whole process.
Bally Sports San Diego started up as Fox Sports San Diego in 2012 and then was rebranded as Bally Sports San Diego in 2021.