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FCC Won’t End Dispute Between Streaming Services and Sinclair-owned Fox Sports RSNs

Jason Gurwin

If you were hoping the FCC was going to settle the dispute to bring Sinclair-owned Fox Sports RSNs and Live TV Streaming Services like Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV – they won’t be able to. In January, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, asked Disney and Sinclair to end the carriage dispute between Hulu and Fox Sports Ohio.

“The dispute between Disney and Sinclair threatens to cut off over 100,000 Ohio Hulu subscribers’ access to their local teams, save for a few opportunities to watch them play on a national stage,” wrote Brown. “On behalf of the fans of all of Ohio’s professional teams, I hope that you will work to reach an equitable agreement as soon as possible, without affecting Ohioans’ access to their local teams.”

At the time, Brown is also urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to monitor the situation and impartially facilitate a resolution. However, the FCC Acting Chairmwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, says that they don’t have jurisdiction over carriage disputes between vMVPDs like Hulu and channel owners.

In a letter, Rosenworcel said: “Section 616 of the Communications Act and the Commission’s “program carriage” rules only govern negotiations between third-party video programming vendors and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs). As such, the Commission does not have jurisdiction over carriage disputes involving non-MVPD over-the-top linear video providers like Hulu + Live TV. “

“Nonetheless, I share your interest in the parties continuing to negotiate in good faith and hope they will come to agreement to minimize any disruption to Hulu + Live TV subscribers. Moreover, I agree that programming that reflects the community is important—and for many of us that means being able to view the home team.”

This isn’t an issue with only Hulu either.

Over the past 18 months, Sling TV, fuboTV, YouTube TV, and Hulu + Live TV each dropped them from their Live TV Streaming Service.

Currently, the only service that carries Fox Sports RSNs (soon to be Bally Sports), is AT&T TV, which offers it as part of their $84.99 a month “Choice Plan.”

What Fox Sports RSNs Carry Local Sports Teams?

FOX Regional Sports Networks broadcasts local telecasts of 14 MLB teams, 17 NBA teams and 13 NHL teams.

RSN MLB NBA NHL
Fox Sports Arizona Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Coyotes
Fox Sports Carolinas Charlotte Hornets Carolina Hurricanes
Fox Sports Detroit Detroit Tigers Detroit Pistons Detroit Red Wings
Fox Sports Florida Miami Marlins Miami Heat Florida Panthers
Fox Sports Indiana Indiana Pacers
Fox Sports Kansas City Kansas City Royals
Fox Sports Midwest St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Blues
Fox Sports New Orleans New Orleans Pelicans
Fox Sports North Minnesota Twins Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Wild
Fox Sports Ohio Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Cavaliers Columbus Blue Jackets
Fox Sports Oklahoma Oklahoma City Thunder
Fox Sports Prime Ticket Anaheim Ducks
Fox Sports San Diego San Diego Padres
Fox Sports South Atlanta Braves Atlanta Hawks
Fox Sports Southeast
Fox Sports Southwest Texas Rangers Dallas Mavericks Dallas Stars
Fox Sports Sun Tampa Bay Rays Orlando Magic Tampa Bay Lightning
Fox Sports Tennessee Memphis Grizzlies Nashville Predators
Fox Sports West Los Angeles Angels LA Clippers Los Angeles Kings
Fox Sports Wisconsin Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Bucks
SportsTime Ohio Cleveland Indians
YES Network New York Yankees Brooklyn Nets

What Streaming Services Offer Fox Sports and other RSNs?

AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
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USD 69.99 USD 64.99 USD 64.99 USD 20 USD 35 USD 35 USD 64.99
Altitude ≥ USD 84.99 - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh ≥ USD 84.99 - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain ≥ USD 84.99 - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Southwest ≥ USD 84.99 - - - - -
Bally Sports Arizona ≥ USD 84.99 - - - - - -
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LA FC Sports Network - - - - - -
Longhorn Network - - - - ^ USD 11 - -
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NBC Sports Philadelphia - - - -
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NBC Sports Washington+ - - - - -
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SportsTime Ohio ≥ USD 84.99 - - - - - -
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