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How much is Bally Sports North worth to you

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The Twins flagship expects it to be a decent chunk of change

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We live in a time, and era, of nearly innumberable entertainment options, putting virtually anything you desire on your TV or computer screen for the right price. For most of those options — Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and the other big players, it’s probably a price below $15 per month, and gains you access to an incredibly broad and deep catalog. For others, free tiers, or entirely free services exist. While their catalogs may not contain as many A-list options, they also offer a variety of programming to suit almost any taste.

And then you have Sinclair broadcasting, who, in an incredibly egotistical take, thinks that sports fans will pay $23 per month for access to Bally Sports North. Besides the Twins, this does get you access to Wolves and Wild content, and one presumes other “sports-related” content. That works out to $276, per year—until and unless they raise prices. Value-wise, MLB.tv, which cannot be used in-market, has Sinclair beat, at $106 for the season, for all teams, or $90 for just one. If you choose to add-on NBA League pass figure on $29 per month for all teams (no annual price listed, but assume six months, so $174,) and for NHL.tv its $25 per month, or $145 for the season, again for all teams. All three league-run services are out-of-market only, so your only choice in-market is the proposed Sinclair service.

If you are specifically a fan of all three Minnesota teams, and the kind of fan that watches most games, then yes, $276 per year is a bit of steal, but I suspect the person that would subscribe to all three packages and pay the full $425ish is rare.

That $23 number is what Sinclair is floating to investors, as it seeks a quarter-billion dollars to get its streaming service off the ground. While the initial pitch is the growth of cord-cutting households, due to carriage disputes, this is likely going to be one of the few ways to legally watch your local RSN.

Of course, this all assumes that you live in “Twins Territory.” If you are out-of-market like me, you will still need to rely on MLB.tv for your Dick Bremer fix. Less legal, and less costly options do exist, but promoting them on this site is strictly verboten. Please don’t do it, I don’t want to have to ban you. So, of the legal options, would you be willing to pay the price for Twins games, or would you be listening to the radio instead?

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$23 per month, to watch the Twins?

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  • 10%
    Yes, its a bargain
    (43 votes)
  • 89%
    No, its a ripoff
    (356 votes)
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