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Mavericks Fans Will See More Games on TV For Free on WFAA This Season

A deal brokered between the NBA and Bally Sports Southwest's parent company will allow for 10 games to air on WFAA, the station's parent company says.
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Among the 10 new games Mavericks fans can watch on WFAA is the March 13 matchup against two-time MVP Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to a deal between the National Basketball Association, Bally Sports Southwest owner Diamond Sports Group, and TEGNA, the parent company of WFAA, Mavericks fans can catch 10 more games over the air on Channel 8.

TEGNA announced Tuesday that the games would have previously aired exclusively on cable and only through certain providers connected to Bally Sports Southwest. The deal comes after the NBA and Diamond Sports agreed to allow teams to join with local stations for a limited number of games for the rest of the regular season.

Diamond Sports Group declared bankruptcy last year and recently announced a deal with new minority investor Amazon to stream Major League Baseball games on that platform. (The latter is subject to the approval of a bankruptcy judge.)

The WFAA broadcasts will feature familiar voices and faces, including play-by-play announcer Mark Followill, former Mavericks Derek Harper and Devin Harris, Jeff “Skin” Wade, and Lesley McCaslin, as well as pre-and postgame coverage from Dana Larson and Brian Dameris (who also writes for D Magazine’s StrongSide). WFAA’s sports team—Joe Trahan, Mike Leslie, and Jonah Javad—will also appear on some broadcasts. It’s the same product you would have to had to pay for to watch.

The WFAA games are in addition to those already airing on ABC and other networks, and they won’t be available on the Bally Sports Southwest or the Bally Sports app. They include Wednesday’s game against the Suns, eight games in March (including the March 13 game against the Golden State Warriors and a March 17 game against the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets), and four in April. 

The entire list of remaining regular-season games airing on WFAA are as follows:

  • January 24 vs. Phoenix Suns, 7:30 p.m. (NBA on ABC)
  • March 1 at Boston Celtics, 6:30 p.m.
  • March 3 vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 12 p.m. (NBA on ABC)
  • March 7 vs. Miami Heat, 6:30 p.m.
  • March 9 at Detroit Pistons, 6 p.m.
  • March 11 at Chicago Bulls, 7 p.m.
  • March 13 vs. Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 17 vs. Denver Nuggets, 2:30 p.m. (NBA on ABC)
  • March 29 at Sacramento Kings, 9 p.m.
  • April 5 vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m.
  • April 9 at Charlotte Hornets, 6 p.m.
  • April 10 at Miami Heat, 6:30 p.m.
  • April 12 vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

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Bethany Erickson is the senior digital editor for D Magazine. She's written about real estate, education policy, the stock market, and crime throughout her career, and sometimes all at the same time. She hates lima beans and 5 a.m. and takes SAT practice tests for fun.

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