Clippers and Bally Sports finalize new broadcast deal

The Clippers and Bally Sports finalized their new television deal on Saturday, The Times learned, in a deal that ends months of negotiations between the sides and keeps the majority of the team’s match coverage on a channel familiar to its fans.

The overall duration of the deal has not been disclosed, but the agreement is expected to last several years, according to people familiar with the deal but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter as it has yet to be announced.

Bally Sports will televise 63 games in the 2022/23 season and the broadcasters that have announced Clippers games in previous seasons will all return. Brian Sieman will return as TV play-by-play voice in its fifth season. Former NBA player Jim Jackson and coach Mike Fratello will once again take turns as analysts, while Jaime Maggio and Kristina Pink return as reporters.

The Clippers’ contract with regional sports network Sinclair Broadcast Group had expired in the summer, and although the sides were described for weeks as on the verge of an extension, it was finalized just three weeks before opening night of the regular season.

Friday’s inaugural preseason win over Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena’s Maccabi Ra’anana was broadcast by KTLA as part of a new agreement that will see the channel broadcast all four preseason games in addition to 11 regular season games.

The team sought a deal with the over-the-air broadcaster to expand its Los Angeles viewership and complement its regional programming. Sieman and Fratello will be covering Friday’s game with KTLA’s David Pingalore reporting.

Matches not covered by Bally Sports or KTLA are exclusive national coverage.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/story/2022-10-01/clippers-and-bally-sports-finalize-new-broadcast-deal Clippers and Bally Sports finalize new broadcast deal

Emma Bowman

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