|Type||Regional sports network group|
|Broadcast area||Available in most markets|
(through regional affiliates)
|Slogan||The Heart of the Fan|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Owner||Diamond Sports Group|
|Parent||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|Launched||March 31, 2021|
|Replaced||Fox Sports Networks|
|Available on most U.S. cable systems||Consult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability|
|DirecTV||Consult channel lineup or program listings source for channel availability|
|AT&T U-verse||Consult channel lineup or program listings source for channel availability|
|AT&T TV||Over-the-top TV|
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The Bally Sports Regional Networks are a group of regional sports networks in the United States owned by Diamond Sports Group, a joint-venture company of the Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios. The group is branded after casino operator Bally's Corporation, which purchased its naming rights. Launched on March 31, 2021, the networks carry regional broadcasts of sporting events from various professional, collegiate and high school sports teams. Through 19 owned-and-operated networks and several other affiliates, Bally Sports programming is available to all or part of the 50 states, with the only notable lack of coverage existing in the Philadelphia media market and Northern California.
The networks were formerly known as Fox Sports Networks and operated by News Corporation for most of their existence. They were acquired by Diamond Sports from The Walt Disney Company in 2019, as Disney was required to divest them by the U.S. Department of Justice as a condition of their own acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
The networks of Bally Sports have a long history, with the origins of several of the networks dating back to the 1980s and 1990s, as affiliates of the Prime Network (and to a lesser degree SportsChannel). In 1996, News Corporation and Liberty Media (the owner of Prime Network) announced that the Prime Sports networks would be rebranded under the new "Fox Sports Net" brand; the Prime Sports-branded affiliates were officially relaunched as Fox Sports Net on November 1 of that year. In 1997, News Corp and Liberty Media also purchased a 40% stake in Cablevision's SportsChannel networks which led those networks being rebranded as part of Fox Sports Net in early 1998 and bringing the total number of owned or affiliate networks to 18. In the years that followed, a series of other acquisitions and launches of new networks (along with a few closures) resulted in 22 owned and operated networks.
Acquisition by Diamond Sports Group from Disney
On December 14, 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced their intent to acquire 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion after the spin-off of certain businesses into a new entity (initially dubbed "new Fox", but ultimately named Fox Corporation). While the acquisition was originally slated to include Fox Sports' regional operations (which, presumably, would have been re-aligned with Disney's ESPN division), the Justice Department ordered that they be divested within 90 days of the completion of the acquisition due to the concentration of the market that ESPN would hold.
Sinclair Broadcast Group was mentioned as the most likely buyer for the other FSN networks, but would need the assistance of a private equity firm to help raise the cash needed for the purchase. The group's other sports properties included Stadium—a national sports network distributed via over-the-air digital television and internet streaming, Tennis Channel, as well as Marquee—a then-upcoming RSN devoted to the Chicago Cubs.
On May 3, Sinclair officially announced that via its subsidiary Diamond Sports Group, it had agreed to purchase the networks for $10.6 billion, pending regulatory approval. At the same time, it was also revealed that Entertainment Studios would hold an equity stake in the company and serve as a "content partner". Three senators (Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren) called for the sale to be reviewed by the Department of Justice, citing concerns over Sinclair's political views, and that it could use the networks as leverage for carriage agreements for its broadcast television stations.
The sale was completed on August 22, 2019 and included 21 of the 22 networks. The networks continued to temporarily use the Fox Sports branding under a transitional license agreement with Fox Corporation; Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley stated that there were plans to eventually rebrand them under either a new name, or to "partner with a brand who wants more exposure". There were also plans to increase non-event programming, and emphasis on sports betting in its programming.
Due to a clause in the original sale, Yankee Global Enterprises had a right of first refusal to purchase Fox's share in YES Network.  On August 29, 2019, an investor group including the Yankees, Sinclair, Amazon, and The Blackstone Group purchased Disney's 80% stake in the network for $3.47 billion. Sinclair's share of the network is 20%.
Partnership with Bally's
On November 4, 2020, Sinclair took a $4.23 billion write-down on the FSN purchase.
On November 17, 2020, it was reported by Sportico that Sinclair was considering rebranding the networks via a naming rights agreement, and was reportedly in talks with multiple companies involved in sports betting. The next day, Sinclair announced that it had entered into an agreement with casino operator Bally's Corporation to acquire the naming rights under a 10-year deal. This agreement will include integration of Bally's content on the channels and other Sinclair properties (including its television stations, Stadium, and Tennis Channel), and a warrant giving Sinclair the option to acquire a 14.9% stake in Bally's Corporation, and up to 24.9% if performance criteria is met.
Rebranding as Bally Sports
On January 27, 2021, Sinclair announced that the networks would be rebranded as Bally Sports on March 31. Fox Sports Carolinas and Fox Sports Tennessee were discontinued, with any unique sports programming moved to the Bally Sports South and Southeast channels. To better reflect their target markets, Prime Ticket and SportsTime Ohio were also rebranded as Bally Sports SoCal and Bally Sports Great Lakes, respectively.
In preparation for the rebrand, new studio sets were constructed at all of FSN's outlets, while Drive Studio produced a new on-air graphics package for the networks (building upon work it had already done for Marquee). On-air graphics feature a new consistent scorebug in the bottom-left of the screen, which is combined into the ticker. Executive vice president Michael Connelly explained that the setup was designed to eventually allow for the integration of sports betting-related information such as lines and props.
On Opening Day, the newly-rebranded channels aired a joint special, Bally Sports Big Opening Day. It was produced by Stadium, hosted by Michael Kim, Bally Sports SoCal’s Kristina Pink and Bally Sports Southeast’s Eric Collins, and featured coverage of teams and events across Bally Sports and Sinclair's sports networks.
|Bally Sports Arizona||Arizona
|Prime Sports Arizona (1996)
Fox Sports Arizona (1996–2021)
|Bally Sports Detroit||Michigan
|Fox Sports Detroit (1997–2021)|
|Bally Sports Florida||Florida||SportsChannel Florida (1987–2000)
Fox Sports Florida (2000–2021)
|Bally Sports Great Lakes||Ohio
Southwestern New York
parts of Kentucky & West Virginia
|SportsTime Ohio (2006–2021)|
|Bally Sports Indiana||Indiana||Fox Sports Indiana (2006–2021)||Shares programming with sister network Bally Sports Midwest|
|Bally Sports Kansas City||Kansas City, Missouri
|Fox Sports Kansas City (2008–2021)||Kansas City Royals have a minority interest. Shares programming with sister network Bally Sports Midwest.|
|Bally Sports Midwest||Missouri
|Prime Sports Midwest (1989–1996)
Fox Sports Midwest (1996–2021)
|St. Louis Cardinals have 30% equity stake. Shares programming with sister networks Bally Sports Indiana and Bally Sports Kansas City.|
|Bally Sports New Orleans||Louisiana||Fox Sports New Orleans (2012–2021)||Carries programming from sister network Bally Sports Southwest.|
|Bally Sports North||Minnesota
|Midwest Sports Channel (1989–2001)
Fox Sports North (2001–2021)
|Bally Sports Ohio||Ohio
Southwestern New York
parts of West Virginia
|SportsChannel Ohio (1989–1998)
Fox Sports Ohio (1998–2021)
|Separate subfeeds exist for the Cincinnati and Cleveland markets with the Reds having partial ownership in the Cincinnati feed of the network.|
|Bally Sports Oklahoma||Oklahoma||Fox Sports Oklahoma (2008–2021)||Carries programming from sister network Bally Sports Southwest.|
|Bally Sports San Diego||San Diego||Fox Sports San Diego (2012–2021)||San Diego Padres have 20% equity stake. Carries programming from sister network Bally Sports SoCal.|
|Bally Sports SoCal||Southern California
|Fox Sports West 2 (1997–2006)
Prime Ticket (2006–2021)
|Bally Sports South||Georgia
Fox Sports South (1996–2021)
|Shares broadcast rights with sister network Bally Sports Southeast.|
|Bally Sports Southeast||Georgia
Western North Carolina
|Turner South (1999–2006)
Fox Sports Southeast (2015–2021)
|Shares broadcast rights with sister network Bally Sports South.|
|Bally Sports Southwest||Texas
parts of New Mexico
|Home Sports Entertainment (1983–1994)
Prime Sports Southwest (1994–1996)
Fox Sports Southwest (1996–2021)
|Texas Rangers have 10% equity stake.|
|Bally Sports Sun||Florida||Sunshine Network (1988–2004)
Sun Sports (2004–2015)
Fox Sports Sun (2015–2021)
|Shares broadcast rights with sister network Bally Sports Florida.|
|Bally Sports West||Southern California
|Prime Ticket (1985–1994)
Prime Sports West (1994–1996)
Fox Sports West (1996–2021)
|Los Angeles Angels have 25% equity stake.|
|Bally Sports Wisconsin||Wisconsin
western Upper Peninsula of Michigan
|Fox Sports Wisconsin (2007–2021)||Carries some programming from sister network Bally Sports North. Brewers obtained minority interest in 2021.|
|AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania
parts of Maryland, Kentucky, and Ohio
|KBL Entertainment Network (1986–1994)
Prime Sports KBL (1994–1996)
Fox Sports Pittsburgh (1996–2011)
Root Sports Pittsburgh (2011–2017)
|AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain/Rocky Mountain West||Colorado
parts of Arizona, California, Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota
|Prime Sports Network (1988–1990)
Prime Sports Rocky Mountain (1990–1996)
Fox Sports Rocky Mountain (1996–2011)
Root Sports Rocky Mountain (2011–2017)
|Marquee Sports Network||Illinois
parts of Wisconsin
|Co-owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and Chicago Cubs.|
|Mid-Atlantic Sports Network||Maryland
South Central Pennsylvania
parts of West Virginia
|New England Sports Network||Massachusetts
eastern and central Connecticut
|Root Sports Northwest||Washington
|Northwest Cable Sports (1988–1990)
Prime Sports Northwest (1990–1996)
Fox Sports Northwest (1996–2011)
|YES Network||New York
northern New Jersey
|Sinclair Broadcast Group has 20% ownership.|
Teams by network
*team-related shows and/or replays only
- Bally Sports Regional Networks
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