And in a purely absurd move, we can't get the channels through any package (you can only get them if have local cable, which means cutting the cord is impossible) and due to outdated blackout policies, we can't watch them, even if we subscribe to the sports' league pass. I can watch every game of the Seattle baseball team or Oklahoma City's basketball team, but not my local teams. Go figure.
Anyway, I was visiting someone yesterday and the Marlins were on tv. I noticed that it's not fox sports anymore - it's the Bally network. What the frick is that?
I google it. It's complicated. Kind of. Going back, this was a small regional network that Wayne huizenga (owner at the time) invested in to get his Marlins and panthers (hockey) on the air.
Buy outs and acquisitions, it becomes a part of the fox sports regional networks and stays that way for a long time.
Then disney buys out fox - except for news, business, and sports.
News & business get turned over to the shareholders (not something they want to be in)
Sports ... well ... because they own espn, they can't own them under fcc rules and besides they don't really want it.
So they look for a buyer. Fox sports gets sold off on its own. But the regional networks get bought by Sinclair. They are this weird, conservative group that has been acquiring tv stations and having them air very specific pre-recorded things that are "opinions" that might just as well be tucker or hannity on Fox News.
So disney makes a buttload of money. And the regional sports have a new owner - but they try to bury their affiliation by finding a sponsor: the Bally casinos!
Because nothing says sports network like a casino tie-in.
So, in a way, it's just as well that I can't see them and don't have to deal with their nonsense.