How to Stream Bally Sports Channels Without Cable

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Bally Sports is the largest collection of regional sports networks (RSNs) in the US. They are essential for local MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS fans. But it can be confusing to understand what’s available and where it’s offered. We’ve done all the work for you. Read on for all the details!

In a hurry? Currently, Bally Sports RSNs are only available from one streaming service: DIRECTV STREAM with their Choice plan ($89.99/mo). Not only that, with one exception, they provide every major RSN in the nation — Bally or otherwise. Contact them and you’ll be set. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.

Regional Sports Networks

Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) are an odd relic of the history of sports and TV. They are local channels that air most of the games of MLB, NBA, NHL, and (increasingly) MLS teams.

For example, if you live in Oklahoma City, the only way to watch all the Thunder games is to sign-up with Bally Sports Oklahoma. You can get a subscription to NBA League Pass, but the Thunder games will be blacked out for you. That’s also generally true of games that air on national channels.

If this seems crazy, that’s because it is! Just the same, RSNs provide great value to local sports fans. And it isn’t just professional sports. They also show games from local college and even high school teams.

The bottom line is simple: if you want to watch a lot of games played by your local professional sports teams, you need your local RSNs. And in most areas, that means Bally Sports.

Bally Sports

Bally Sports is a collection of 19 RSNs. They are owned by Diamond Sports Group with a name licensed from Bally’s Corporation. Diamond acquired these channels when the US DOJ forced Fox Sports to sell them as a condition of being acquired by Disney.

There were originally 21 Fox Sports RSNs. But Fox Sports Carolinas and Fox Sports Tennessee were both shutdown. Tennessee’s coverage of the Grizzlies was moved to Bally Sports Southeast and the Predators coverage was moved to Bally Sports South. Similarly, Carolinas’ coverage of the Hornets moved to Bally Sports Southeast and Hurricane coverage went to Bally Sports South.

Through 2019, FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, DIRECTV STREAM, and YouTube TV all provided streaming access to these channels. But in 2020, Fubo, Hulu, and YouTube dropped them. This has led to the current situation where DIRECTV STREAM is the only source for Bally Sports streaming.

Bally Sports Channels

There are 19 Bally Sports Channels. The vast majority provide access to the local MLB, NBA, and NHL teams. The coverage of MLS is not as good. Of the 25 US-based MLS teams, only 3 get major coverage.

The following table includes links to our pages as well as the teams of the 4 leagues that are covered. Note that there is crossover. There are many areas where you will receive more than one RSN.

Alternatively, not all teams are included in all regions. For example, Bally Sports Southwest is a very large region. Subscribers in San Antonio do not get access to Mavericks games and Dallas subscribers do not get Spurs games.

See our pages for the details about this.

DetroitTigersPistonsRed Wings
Great LakesGuardiansCrew
Kansas CityRoyals
New OrleansPelicans
OhioRedsCavaliersBlue JacketsCrew
San DiegoPadresClippersDucks
SoCalClippersDucksLA FC

Non-Bally RSNs

Bally Sports provides the most RSNs but there are a number of other important RSNs.

NBC Sports

The other major provider is NBC Sports. They offer the following:

Bay AreaGiantsWarriorsSharksEarthquakes
ChicagoWhite SoxBullsBlackhawks

All of these RSNs are offered in the base plans of FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. DIRECTV STREAM offers all of these except for NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Because of the non-RSN channels offered and the lower price ($69.99/mo), we recommend Hulu + Live TV for those who want NBC Sports RSNs.

Other RSNs

All of the following RSNs are available from DIRECTV STREAM. In addition, FuboTV provides access to those from AT&T, Marquee, MSG, NESN, and ROOT. SportsNet New York is available from FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV.

Altitude SportsNuggetsAvalancheRapids
AT&T SportsNet PittsburghPiratesPenguins
AT&T SportsNet Rocky MountainRockiesJazzGolden Knights
AT&T SportsNet SouthwestAstrosRocketsDynamo FC
Marquee Sports NetworkCubs
Red Bulls
NESNRed SoxBruins
Root Sports NorthwestMarinersTrail BlazersKrakenTimbers
Spectrum SportsNetLakersGalaxy
Spectrum SportsNet LADodgers
SportsNet New YorkMets
YES NetworkYankeesNetsNYC FC

Wrapping Up

Depending on where you live, you may need to get Bally Sports if you want to watch the local MLB, NBA, NHL, and (to a lesser extent) MLS teams. DIRECTV STREAM is the only way to get Bally Sports without cable. That’s also true of other RSNs like Spectrum SportsNet LA (Dodgers) and YES Network (Yankees).

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