The Pelicans have obtained their rights payment cost from Diamond Sports activities Group, permitting their video games for the 2023-24 season to be televised by Bally Sports activities New Orleans. Pelicans SVP Greg Bensel confirmed that they’re planning to have Bally’s Sports activities broadcast their video games this season, and so they have already had a number of pre-production convention calls with the Bally’s Sports activities workers.
Diamond Sports activities Group, who filed for chapter earlier this 12 months, has left its 15 NBA groups in limbo as they face a courtroom deadline to create a reorganization plan. Nevertheless, the newest growth with the Pelicans is seen as promising by NBA executives.
Many of the 15 groups with Bally’s contracts should not scheduled to obtain funds till October or November. The NBA has assured groups that in case of non-payments from Diamonds, all video games will likely be streamed via the NBA App. Nevertheless, groups might want to discover an over-the-air accomplice rapidly to broadcast video games on linear TV, which the Jazz and Suns have already completed.
There may be concern amongst NBA groups about how a missed cost will impression their franchise, contemplating Diamond’s annual charges are round $40 million per workforce. Groups must recoup misplaced income via advert gross sales and direct-to-consumer streaming packages, and they might want to barter offers with their linear companions on the break up of manufacturing prices. Whereas groups imagine they’ll pivot rapidly if essential, financially it might not be attainable to achieve the identical degree as earlier than for the primary few years. A broadcasting enterprise would should be slowly constructed.