(Part-2) Diamond, NHL Negotiate RSN Broadcasts Through Season's End

Diamond and the NHL discussed the term sheet amendments outside of mediation, according to the court filing

 Just like the NBA's arrangement with Diamond, the NHL deal depends on the RSNs' owner and Major League Baseball reaching a deal.

Diamond's attorneys filed a motion today to have Judge Lopez accept the NHL contract by Wednesday, Jan. 3. That date is exactly one week before the next court hearing on a potential MLB-DSG deal.

MLB reached a deal with the RSNs during an off-site mediation session on Dec. 14.

Since March's Chapter 11 filing, Diamond Sports has been in bankruptcy. This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Diamond is in preliminary negotiations with Amazon to develop a relationship that might help it escape liquidation

While an Amazon-DSG relationship is too early to predict, it may not affect Diamond's MLB affiliates. Diamond has local TV rights for 11 MLB teams, but only five have streaming rights

 Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay Rays are local media switch-hitters.

Diamond may cut its relationships with the Cleveland Guardians and Texas Rangers before the 2024 season if they can't agree on cheaper rights payments. Last Monday, the Rangers' attorney indicated the World Series champions will decrease their costs to assure uninterrupted Bally Sports Southwest telecasts throughout the MLB season.

Continue to monitor this space for any new updates.