Local sports will continue on YouTube TV for a while longer, as the service has reached a temporary agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group to Keep Fox Sports regional networks and the YES Network on board.
The deal is in place while the two sides work on a longer-term carriage agreement. Pressure is on for a deal with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and Major League Baseball’s season both looming in March.
YouTube TV had notified customers that some of its sports networks might be going away today. “This is a reflection of the rising cost of sports content,” the company said in a tweet. “You may have noticed several other TV services have also decided to remove Fox Regional Sports Networks from their lineups.”
Sinclair fired back, claiming it offered to lower fees in order to keep the channels alive, and had a slow response from YouTube on its offers.
YouTube TV currently costs $49.99 per month.