The Portland Trail Blazers’ murky broadcast situation became a bit clearer on Wednesday, following a report that DirecTV and ROOT Sports have reached a deal to air Blazer games this season, along with the NHL’s Seattle Kraken.
Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times outlined the 11th hour deal ahead of next week’s Blazer regular season opener:
A deal announced Wednesday will see all Kraken and Portland Trail Blazers games on ROOT Sports carried by DirecTV and its DirecTV Stream service. AT&T Sports Networks, which manages Mariners-owned ROOT Sports, on Tuesday had initially announced a list of carriage partners for the NHL-and-NBA-team-bolstered version of the regional sports network (RSN), and DirecTV wasn’t one of them.
But that changed in the hours and evening that followed. A source said the respective heads of AT&T Sports Networks and DirecTV ironed out remaining obstacles by phone during Tuesday’s inaugural Kraken game in Las Vegas being shown nationally on ESPN — which superseded any local ROOT Sports broadcast under the NHL’s rights deal.
While subscribers to Hulu and YouTube TV still won’t have access to Blazer games, the DirecTV deal is certainly a step in the right direction in what figures to be an ongoing situation throughout the season for ROOT Sports.