Sports fans may be looking for other viewing options after another company has chose to drop regional sports networks from its channel lineup. "Unfortunately, they alone chose to drop these channels citing "rising costs" despite our offer to actually lower the fees they pay us", Sinclair spokesperson Ronn Torossian said in a statement.
Dish Network previously eliminated Sinclair channels in its satellite service and the Sling TV broadcast service in July for a similar dispute, while FuboTV did not have sports channels at the beginning of the year.
YouTube TV was not able to reach a carriage agreement with Sinclair and cited "the rising cost of sports content", which means that thousands of fans across the country will have to find another way to watch their favorite NBA, MLB or National Hockey League team.
YouTube TV made the announcement on its Twitter account (and in emails sent to subscribers) that it will no longer carry regional Fox sports channels and the YES Network, citing increased costs from Sinclair Broadcast Group.
"Please know that we don't take this determination frivolously", YouTube wrote within the e mail. "Despite FOX Sports Oklahoma's efforts, YouTube TV declined to reach a new agreement". In addition, FOX Regional Sports Networks will be dropped as well. The two sports networks will no longer be available live, on demand or recorded on the Google-owned streaming service. "Thank you for your membership as we strive to build the best possible streaming experience for you".
Although YouTube TV's public statement should be concerning for fans, these things often have a way of working themselves out.
And changing TV providers is going to be the only way most local fans affected by this decision will be able to watch their favorite teams starting Sunday. Presumably, most Yankees fans would drop YouTube TV and pursue another streaming service that offers YES Network. They have not yet responded to this offer. For those looking to replace the Fox RSNs, only suitable replacement is Hulu + Live TV.