The Cleveland Guardians and Bally Sports saga just got even more interesting, according to a report from The Athletic.
After filing for bankruptcy, Diamond Sports Group, the parent company of Bally Sports, recently refused to pay royalties to the Guardians and Minnesota Twins.two of the 14 MLB teams for which it holds broadcast rights.
MLB filed an emergency motion in Diamond Sports’ bankruptcy case seeking an order for those payments. Although Bally Sports will continue to broadcast Guardians matches, the petition asks the court to require payment by April 13.
If that doesn’t happen, MLB is ready to take action and resume broadcasts. The league requests in the order that Diamond’s rights terminate if payment is not made.
“As the 2023 season gets underway, clubs are navigating a complicated and fragile situation with little certainty about their ability to consistently deliver games to the millions of fans who follow professional baseball via daily television broadcasts,” they wrote. their lawyers in the motion.