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Baseball to Open as MLB Fears Bankrupt Broadcaster Won’t Pay

  • Diamond Sports enters bankruptcy just as MLB season starts
  • MLB questions Diamond desire to broadcast hundreds of games
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Major League Baseball warned the largest US local sports broadcaster that it must televise hundreds of upcoming baseball games — and pay the related fees — even though the company is in bankruptcy.

Two weeks before baseball season starts, Diamond Sports Group has not said whether it will televise games for the 14 teams it has contracts with, MLB attorney James Bromley told the judge overseeing Diamond’s bankruptcy case. Through its Bally Sports brand, Diamond is obligated to broadcast an average of 150 games for each of those teams, Bromley said during a court hearing held by video on Thursday afternoon.