Clippers, Bally Sports extend broadcast deal

The Clippers and Bally Sports SoCal have agreed to a multi-year media rights extension in a deal that ends months of negotiations and assures that the bulk of the team’s game broadcasts will remain on a channel that their fan base is familiar with.

Bally Sports SoCal will produce, televise, and stream 63 Clippers games during the 2022-23 regular season, continuing the network’s 27-year relationship with the team. The overall length and financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re proud to continue growing our long-term partnership with the Clippers organization,” Rebecca Schulte, senior vice president and general manager of Bally Sports West, SoCal, and San Diego, said in a statement released by the team. “We look forward to furthering our commitment to innovation and are thrilled to be bringing Clippers basketball to as many fans as possible across cable, satellite, streaming TV, and new this season, Bally Sports+, our direct-to-consumer streaming service.”

Brian Sieman, Jim Jackson, and Mike Fratello will return to the call on Bally Sports SoCal, joined by on-court reporters Kristina Pink and Jaime Maggio. The network will continue to air Clippers Live prior to and immediately following all home and road telecasts, with Jeanne Zelasko, Don MacLean, Corey Maggette, and Noah Eagle offering in-depth analysis, exclusive interviews and more.

Clippers Weekly also returns to the programming lineup. The show takes Clippers fans behind the scenes with unique content, features, and more. The half-hour show debuts Oct. 27 on Bally Sports SoCal immediately following the Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder game.

Clippers games have aired live on Bally Sports SoCal, previously Prime Ticket, since 1997, but their contract with the Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned regional sports network had lapsed during the summer and was completed with opening night of the regular season fast approaching.

Eleven regular-season games will air on free over-the-air TV on KTLA-TV (Ch. 5), and any games not broadcast by Bally Sports or KTLA will be exclusive national broadcasts.

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