Oklahoma Thunder Games to Air on Griffin Media Stations | TV Tech

OKLAHOMA CITY—In one other instance how the monetary issues of regional sports activities networks are permitting broadcasters to decide up rights to skilled sports activities, the Oklahoma City Thunder has introduced an settlement between the NBA and Bally Sports that may broaden the TV attain of Friday video games throughout the remainder of the 2023-24 common season to broadcast stations owned by Griffin Media and others.  As a results of the deal, the Thunder and Oklahoma-owned Griffin Media introduced Thunder Friday Nights, a partnership to televise the remaining eight Friday regular-season video games totally free, over the air with the usage of an HD antenna, in addition to on cable and satellite tv for pc suppliers. The video games will air on Griffin stations KSBI, Ch. 52 in Oklahoma City and News On 6 Now Ch. 6.3 in Tulsa. The video games will even be carried on COX (Ch. 7 in OKC, Ch 53 in Tulsa), different cable shops, and DirecTV and Dish in OKC (Ch. 52). The first of those eight broadcasts shall be Friday, Jan. 26 when the Thunder performs at New Orleans.In addition to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa markets, the Thunder has partnered with a number of stations within the area to carry these video games on shops owned by Gray Television in Wichita, Kan. and Lawton, Okla./Wichita Falls, Texas and on the Morgan Murphy Media owned station in Joplin, Mo./Pittsburg, Kan.Regional markets exterior of Oklahoma City and Tulsa are topic to NBA approval, primarily based on league broadcast territory guidelines.It is estimated these broadcasts in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and the opposite markets shall be out there for about 2 million houses throughout Oklahoma and the area.The NBA and Diamond Sports Group reached an settlement to enable groups to be a part of with native broadcasters for a restricted variety of over-the-air video games through the the rest of the common season. Diamond Sports, which is present process a restructuring in chapter court docket, is the proprietor of Bally Sports Oklahoma. The eight Friday video games won’t be out there on Bally Sports Oklahoma or Bally Sports+ streaming. Aside from the Friday video games and 4 video games completely airing nationally on TNT, all different remaining Thunder video games this season shall be broadcast and streamed by Bally Sports Oklahoma and Bally Sports+ as regular.“For 70 years, the Griffin household has been a pioneering pressure in our neighborhood and the tv trade, and we’re notably proud to companion with a locally-owned broadcaster that brings such a deep connection and dedication to all Oklahomans,” mentioned Clay Bennett, chairman of the Oklahoma City Thunder. “The Thunder is grateful for the loyal help we obtain from our followers throughout Oklahoma and the area. We look ahead to offering them this extra entry to our recreation broadcasts.””Griffin Media is proud to companion with the Oklahoma City Thunder to convey this unimaginable season of Thunder basketball to much more Oklahoma houses by our locally-owned tv stations,” mentioned David Griffin, chairman and CEO of Griffin. “Our mission is to hold Oklahomans protected, knowledgeable and entertained, and partnering with the Oklahoma City Thunder in broadcasting these Friday Night video games additional instills our dedication to our state and our fellow Oklahomans.”“This is an incredible alternative from the NBA and Bally Sports that enables us to improve our followers’ skill to watch Friday video games free and over the air this season, mentioned Dan Mahoney, Thunder vp of Broadcasting. “How and the place video games are proven subsequent season and past stays unsure, however for now we’re happy to have this opportunity to broaden our attain.”The eight Thunder Friday Night video games are:


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