Phoenix Suns will now be moving forward with its over-the-air and streaming plans after finally breaking away from Bally Sports Arizona.
Back in April, the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury confirmed that they had agreed a new distribution deal with Gray Television. However, less than two weeks later and that deal was put on hold, after a judge blocked the move to allow Diamond Sports Group the option to counter.
Today, that block has been released following the deal with Diamond Sports having officially come to an end.
It would seem that Diamond Sports couldn’t, or chose not to, match the deal offered by Gray Television, which has now unlocked the option for the Phoenix Suns to move forward with its plan to offer alternative watch options to fans.
In terms of local access this means Phoenix Suns will now continue its partnership with Gray Television, resulting in games becoming available to watch over-the-air on KTVK (3TV) and KPHE (Arizona’s Family Sports). These are also the same local channels that are set to air Phoenix Mercury games as well.
In terms of streaming access, Phoenix Suns had previously confirmed that it was partnering with Kiswe on a new direct-to-consumer solution.
As to be expected, and after that solution was also put on hold following the recent court ruling, we should now start hearing more details on what the service will include (and cost) over the coming weeks and months.