The Twins are set to return to Bally Sports North for another season after a federal bankruptcy judge approved their return. This is a crucial step forward for Diamond Sports Group, the parent company of 19 regional sports networks, as it paves the way for them to emerge from bankruptcy and stay in business.
During a hearing in Houston, Judge Christopher Lopez made this decision, which will see the Twins back on cable and satellite systems that carry Bally Sports North. However, there will be no independent streaming option for games this season, something the Twins had prioritized this winter. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred expects the league to begin offering such an option in 2025.
Lopez also approved new contracts between Diamond and the Cleveland Guardians and Texas Rangers, deals that will terminate their previous long-term contracts at the end of the season. No mention was made of how much BSN will pay the Twins for their rights this season, but it is believed that this agreement represents a major reduction from the $54 million they collected from BSN last season. Andrew Goldman, attorney for DSG, requested that the court keep these contracts under seal to avoid details being made public.