Bankruptcy judge approved Texas Rangers regional network deal

Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy holds up the trophy after Game 5 of the baseball World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, in Phoenix. The Rangers won 5-0 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) (Gregory Bull, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – Regional broadcast agreements for the Cleveland Guardians, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers for the upcoming season were approved by a federal bankruptcy judge on Friday.

Diamond Sports Group reached amended agreements with the three teams last week. All three deals expire at the end of the 2024 season.

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Diamond Sports has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas since it filed for protection last March. The company said in a late 2021 financial filing that it had debt of $8.67 billion. It reached a restructuring agreement with creditors last month that is still going through hearings.

Diamond owns 18 networks under the Bally Sports banner. Those networks have the rights to 37 professional teams — 11 baseball, 15 NBA and 11 NHL.

The Twins’ agreement with Diamond expired at the end of last season. The deals with the Guardians and defending World Series champion Rangers were restructured for less money.

The deals with the three teams leave the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres as the only teams whose games will be produced by Major League Baseball for 2024.


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