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Sinclair has reached an agreement on a new rights deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. Bally Sports New Orleans will remain the team’s local TV partner.

The deal will also put the team on the new Bally Sports+ streaming service, which was soft-launched earlier this week. The service will be fully rolled out this fall.

“When we entered into this new agreement with Bally Sports New Orleans, the main priority was distribution and the ability to deliver our games directly to our fans,” said Dennis Lauscha, president of the New Orleans Pelicans. in a press release. With the upcoming launch of Bally Sports+, Bally Sports’ direct-to-consumer platform, any Pelicans fan will be able to access Bally Sports New Orleans in the team’s home territory. This partnership allows us to continue to deliver unique and engaging Pelicans content across multiple platforms with the highest production quality. We are still working on all options with Bally Sports New Orleans to improve accessibility, ancillary content and distribution of Pelicans programming to all of our fans across Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.

Bally Sports New Orleans will host approximately 75 regular season games per year. The network will also produce the playoffs and first-round preseason games.

“The New Orleans Pelicans have been a great partner over the years and we look forward to building on this relationship in the future,” added Steve Simpson, senior vice president and general manager of Bally Sports New Orleans. “Our ability to deliver Pelicans content to as many local fans as possible, both on linear distribution channels and on the brand new Bally Sports+ streaming product this fall, is incredibly exciting as we continue to develop the next generation of Pelicans fans.”

The Pelicans sought new media partners before re-signing with Bally Sports New Orleans. Karen Brodkin, executive vice president of Endeavour, whom the team hired to consult on the process, noted that the existing relationship and the addition of an exclusive streaming platform for Sinclair made the difference.