At last, our long, local, television nightmare is… well, not over, but at least on pause after The Athletic’s Evan Drellich, citing a Diamond Sports spokesperson, reported that the Rangers will be broadcast once again on Bally Sports Southwest next season. That brings to an end months of speculation regarding their television home in 2024, which you can read more about here and here if you want to get caught up on our coverage to date.
Less cathartic: the Rangers will retain their digital rights but are not in a position to use them this year, which seemingly points toward another season of the status quo, in which only a handful of cable networks carry the station and the only alternative is the less-than-inspiring Bally Sports Plus streaming app.
Ideal? Hardly. But we now know where they’ll be airing, and as Drellich reported earlier in the week, there is reason to believe that Texas will only take a haircut in the neighborhood of 15 percent on the rights fee they’ll pocket from Diamond, which maybe, possibly could grease the wheels for re-signing Jordan Montgomery and Montgomery cashing in on some extremely good free BBQ.
That’s a fairly positive resolution in the short term ahead of what could be a radically different sports television landscape in 2025, when the particulars of Amazon’s deal with Diamond Sports will come into greater focus and the Rangers, Mavericks, and Stars could all be negotiating new rights packages.