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Bally Sports is live! A few affiliates have started showing this new On-Air logo bug. Looks like the new game time logo bug will keep the same similar look with the team logo next to the network logo.  I guess they are going to use the "B" a lot more often than just Bally Sports text. I kinda like it with the red shade. It helps the logo look more visible so it doesn't blend in with the ice for hockey games.

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Chris Ripley has, time and time again, demonstrated this company's delusions of grandeur and utter lack of any knowledge of its place in the media landscape, or the landscape itself, and this strikes

They've been on the same tower for years, and WDJT relays them on 58.3. Problem is Weigel has so many channels relaying on WDJT's main signal that none of them have a decent picture quality.

"The F stands for 'you all ask too many f-ing questions'." -Sinclair, probably

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5 minutes ago, CTrey98 said:

Bally Sports is live! A few affiliates have started showing this new On-Air logo bug. Looks like the new game time logo bug will keep the same similar look with the team logo next to the network logo.  I guess they are going to use the "B" a lot more often than just Bally Sports text. I kinda like it with the red shade. It helps the logo look more visible so it doesn't blend in with the ice for hockey games.

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Bally Sports South’s first program was technically  a Stars-Predators replay so it still had the old graphics and BSSE had Hawks at Suns at 10 so technically that game started on FSSE and ended on BSSE! 🤣

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YES Network who is now affiliated with Bally Sports debuted this new ticker today. YES Network has still used the same ticker as FOX Sports with a different font until now. Could this be the official new ticker for the Bally RSNs?

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Looks like the baseball scorebug is going to be the standard for all sports (or at least baseball and basketball)

 

 

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4 hours ago, Georgie56 said:

Here's intro to the Miami Heat pregame on Bally Sports Sun.

 

 

Too much sound effects. That's all I hear, I barely hear any music.


If that's what they use for all the regions for the NBA theme, it'll be a major downgrade from the FOX Sports NBA theme.

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1 hour ago, LoadStar said:

Too much sound effects. That's all I hear, I barely hear any music.


If that's what they use for all the regions for the NBA theme, it'll be a major downgrade from the FOX Sports NBA theme.

 

There's also nothing special about the graphics tied to either the team or the sport. There is nothing in the open showing the Heat logo and you see the words "baseball", "hockey", and "basketball" displayed; along with things like a baseball diamond, a basketball court, and a what appears to be hockey rink faceoff circles.......this leads me to suspect that this is the generic open and theme to be used for all teams and sports. Which, if correct, is a major downgrade from the NBA, MLB, and NHL themes FSN used and also much blander than the custom team opens that FSN used as well

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Spurs open is the exact same as the Heat open. Again giving more credence to my suspicion that this is going to be the generic open for all sports coverage regardless of team and sport

 

 

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7 hours ago, atlnews2 said:

Spurs open is the exact same as the Heat open. Again giving more credence to my suspicion that this is going to be the generic open for all sports coverage regardless of team and sport

 

 

Because Bally wants its brand to be the center of attention. It doesn't want to be overshadowed by the team. This is what happens when a company sells the naming rights to the network.

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Watching the Bally Sports opening day special (which is being seen on all BSNs), and I think they could be testing the waters for a news and highlights show in the future. 

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4 hours ago, ScottJ said:

Because Bally wants its brand to be the center of attention. It doesn't want to be overshadowed by the team. This is what happens when a company sells the naming rights to the network.

Yeh I think the idea behind this is to mainly get viewers to notice the Bally Sports name. It's a brand new sports media brand entirely so it's important to get it out there as best as possible in it's first few months on the air. I think there are plans to eventually go back to different graphic packages for each sport at some point down the line. They also put these graphics together within months which is not easy to pull off. Most networks take years to do graphics like this. I think once they have more time, they will introduce more new graphics exclusive for each sport.

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5 minutes ago, CTrey98 said:

The logo bug for Baseball looks a little different. They do not use the team logos. Instead, they are using the Bally's logo by itself.

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This is probably the Brewers crew as I don't think RSN announcers are still allowed to travel with the teams on the road as of yet.

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20 minutes ago, dman748 said:

This is probably the Brewers crew as I don't think RSN announcers are still allowed to travel with the teams on the road as of yet.

Correct, this is the "Brewers Live" (pregame/postgame) team of Craig Coshun on the left, and Tim Dillard (new to the team) on the right.

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I wonder what MLBN and NHLN are going to do when they take a simulcast from a BSN. Because this...isn't going to work.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Georgie56 said:

I wonder what MLBN and NHLN are going to do when they take a simulcast from a BSN. Because this...isn't going to work.

 

 

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Dump the ticker entirely,  or just use a blank logo entirely, just like ESPN used to do for live sports except for the 15/58 hourly updates.

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16 hours ago, Newsjunkie24 said:

 

Dump the ticker entirely,  or just use a blank logo entirely, just like ESPN used to do for live sports except for the 15/58 hourly updates.

It should be fairly easy for them to just program in a slight vertical squeeze, a vertical shift up, or a combination of both for the Bally Sports feeds to get them to fit in above the ticker. They'll fix it, they probably just didn't get a heads-up on the graphics redesign to know that they'd have to do that.

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Having the generic open for all teams seems to be part of Sinclair's strategy to homogenize the RSNs.

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In some ways, Sinclair plans to nationalize its RSN operations. “We are a company of scale. In the past, these have been treated as one-offs. We look at it as a whole ecosystem,” Weisbord said.

 
 

The article also mentions the possibility of adding national programming to the RSNs.

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16 minutes ago, ScottJ said:

Having the generic open for all teams seems to be part of Sinclair's strategy to homogenize the RSNs.

The article also mentions the possibility of adding national programming to the RSNs.

 

As I posted before, that Big Opening Day special yesterday felt like a test for a Sportscenter-type show they may be planning for sometime in the future. 

 

This strategy would also harken back to the early days of Fox Sports Net.

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Noticed one of those "Prep Zone" broadcasts from FOX Bally Sports West show up in the FOX Sports Go app (yep, still hasn't been rebranded and the Bally Sports website still says "coming soon!") and noticed that we have an early look at a football score bug! Unless they're planning on popping down information out of the team sections like NBA timeouts or baseball pitch counts, the idea of just having the right side of the bug be the ticker might be an issue.

 

Not going to base reactions on a football version of the score bug on this one just yet because it seems like a generic version that's been adapted for football.

 

 

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4 hours ago, ScottJ said:

Having the generic open for all teams seems to be part of Sinclair's strategy to homogenize the RSNs.

The article also mentions the possibility of adding national programming to the RSNs.

There's just so much that I need to analyze on that article it'll be a long one so please bear with me on this one:

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At some point the Bally’s Sports might produce two game telecasts, a traditional one plus one for people interested in gaming

That is likely where I see the Bally Sports Extra channels ultimately being used for eventually. Keep the traditional broadcast on the main and then those that want to watch the game from a sports betting perspective can watch it on the Extra channel.

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Sinclair has other programming ideas. Some involve going inside the team’s training facilities to look at advances in health and data science, staging a three-on-three hockey tournament or a “Hockey University” show that would help teach viewers the sport’s rules.

I'm a huge fan of this idea, this is a very good way of attracting new younger fans. Both the sports betting aspect of it and this Hockey University concept is a good way of doing that.

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Sinclair will take a crawl, walk, run approach to new programming, trying it out at one of its RSNs before rolling it out to the entire group.

I believe this is the approach that I'm sure Sinclair is doing right now even with the SportsCenter-esque show that @Georgie56has been mentioning so much of. I think Sinclair really wants to try to finish what Fox tried to start in the late 90s and (ultimately) make it work when it does launch its OTT/DTC service

 

Also I have a feeling Georgie is correct on 2 key fronts:

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In some ways, Sinclair plans to nationalize its RSN operations.

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There may also be national programming on the RSNs.

I have a feeling Sinclair really wants to carve out its own niche in a way. I don't see so much of Sinclair trying to compete with ESPN as much as I see Sinclair carving out its own niche in an area of this SportsCenter-style show. One of the advantages Sinclair has is (in addition to the RSNs and Stadium) is the local stations. Sinclair can tap into the local stations for major sports stories as well and in a way that's a huge advantage over SportsCenter right there because you don't see SportsCenter doing anything like that at all not even with its ABC O&Os. They might use the O&Os for like during player/coach interview segments and certain other things but that's pretty much it.

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In addition to the RSNs, the sports programming Sinclair develops could also run on its CW and MyNetworkTV affiliated stations

This is pretty much consistent with what Bally Sports North is doing by putting some T-Wolves games on WUCW, In fact I wouldn't be surprised to see certain shows actually replace syndicated programming down the road.

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Weisbord mentioned Shams Charnania, Stadium’s NBA reporter, as possible talent for a national show.

Again. There's your big hint right there that one of the many shows Sinclair is in the process of developing is a SportsCenter-style show.

 

I think to summarize up all of the points is, I hope Sinclair is learning from the mistakes Fox made. But I'm sure Sinclair also understands they can't be running the same type of programs Fox had been running in the later years which I believe is one of the many reasons why the streammers and Dish has been balking at the RSNs. The RSNs charge way too much for programming that (outside of live sports and the pre/post shows) are garbage..That might be what gets the RSNs back on at least the streammers eventually. Dish on the other hand might be a lost cause though.

 

It'll be an interesting 12 months for Sinclair.

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