It's time to celebrate, Milwaukee Brewers fans. There will finally be another way to view your favorite team in 2024.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Diamond Sports Group, who owns the Bally Sports group of regional sports channels had agreed to a deal that includes a large investment by Amazon. Brendan Coffey of Sportico had details on the announcement.
As part of the agreement, five MLB teams will have their games streamed on Amazon Prime moving forward. Your Milwaukee Brewers get to be one of those teams along with the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, and Tampa Bay Rays according to Travis Sawchik, MLB writer for theScore.
In early 2021, the Fox Sports regional sports network rebranded to Bally Sports ahead of that year's baseball season. While most of the faces on the broadcasts stayed the same, the rest of the production had a different look moving forward.
There were some glitches here and there, however, as many fans would end up lamenting. Those fans hoped that the advent of the Bally Sports App, where they could watch Brewers games without a full cable subscription, would make up for things. However, that app has been plagued with its own problems as well.
Signs that changes could be on the horizon began last March when Diamond Sports filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company then started missing payments to teams from multiple different sports to make matters even worse.
Meanwhile, sports streaming is nothing new to Amazon Prime. They entered the realm back in 2017 and provide streaming services for a number of different sports, most notably Thursday Night Football games during the NFL regular season.
Fans can get access to Prime Video either as a benefit of having Amazon Prime, which costs either $139 per year or $14.99 per month, or as a stand alone subscription at a price of $8.99 per month. One of the biggest remaining questions, though, is whether there will be any additional charge on top of that for access to the team's games.
But even with an additional fee, for fans who have struggled with viewing Brewers games in recent years, the benefit of a more consistently high quality streaming experience will likely justify whatever the final price might be.