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Mariners to Take Full Control of ROOT Sports NW; Blazers’ TV Deal Affected?

The Portland Trail Blazers have two more years left on their contract with ROOT Sports Northwest.

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The MLB’s Seattle Mariners are set to take full control of ROOT Sports Northwest, the same network that broadcasts Portland Trail Blazers’ games.

However, this change in ownership could lead to more of a shakeup, according to Ryan Divish and Adam Jude of The Seattle Times.

ROOT Sports also owns the local media rights for the NHL’s Seattle Kraken and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, adding two layers of uncertainty with the RSN’s future. The Kraken have a multiyear contract with ROOT Sports with an annual TV rights fee said to be within the standard $15 million-$30 million range for NHL teams. Warner Bros. Discovery, as it has done with Mariners games, has been running operations to produce live Kraken games (including pregame and postgame shows). The Blazers signed a four-year broadcast rights agreement with ROOT for an undisclosed amount in June 2021 that is scheduled to run through the 2024-25 season. The Blazers have their own in-house operations to broadcast games.

It’s yet to be determined how much this will actually affect the Blazers, or if they will opt out of their deal to find a new home for their TV broadcasts.

There is a lot of uncertainty with regional sports networks all throughout sports, but this essentially means that any decisions the Mariners make in regards to the future of ROOT Sports Northwest will have an impact on the Blazers.

You can read the full article here.