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MLB ‘plans to stream games for free’ as Diamond Sports contingency

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Major League Baseball is reported to be planning to stream games for free for around six teams due to the increasing likelihood of the bankruptcy of Diamond Sports Group, which owns the Bally Sports stations that air 14 MLB teams' broadcasts.

According to The New York Post, the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Guardians, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks are among the teams that MLB could take over broadcasts for in their local markets if Diamond uses bankruptcy proceedings to reject contracts for at least those four teams. The newspaper also claims that MLB attempted to acquire broadcasts rights for all 14 teams from Diamond Sports but the proposal was rejected.

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