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New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8

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A handful of New Orleans Pelicans games could be coming to over-the-air television this season.

In mid-November, the New Orleans Pelicans received confirmation that their local rights deal with struggling Bally Sports would expire at the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

As part of Bally Sports' bankruptcy agreement, NBA teams learned that they would be allowed to take 10 of their games to an over-the-air TV station.


The Pelicans are in advanced discussions with Fox 8 to show 10 of their games there over the next five months, The Times-Picayune has learned.

The Pelicans declined to confirm this news.

There are still significant technical hurdles to overcome before a deal can come to fruition. Bally Sports' financial issues also threaten to alter these plans.

Any deal is unlikely to be finalized until mid- to late December. Until that happens, the Pelicans will not be able to decide which of their 10 games will be shown on Fox 8.

A partnership between the Pelicans and Fox 8 would allow the team to test the viability of going over-the-air before it has to find another local rights partner this summer.


Partnering with an over-the-air station would vastly increase the number of households that are able to consume Pelicans games. Under the current agreement with Bally Sports, the maximum number of households the Pelicans can reach tops out at around 700,000. A deal with Fox 8 and its affiliates would allow the Pelicans to reach 7 million households.

Under the current agreement with Bally Sports, Pelicans games are not available on YouTube TV and Hulu Live, two of the major streaming platforms. Bally Sports has a streaming option called Bally Sports+ that costs $19.99 per month. Fans have criticized Bally Sports+ as unreliable and expensive.

Broadcasting games on Fox 8 will allow anyone with an antenna on their TV to watch Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Co.


A pair of NBA teams, the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz, decided before the start of this season to partner with over-the-air stations. With Bally Sports struggling, it appears more NBA teams will follow suit.

The Pelicans (10-9) advanced to the NBA In-Season Tournament knockout round, despite dealing with significant injury issues early in the season. Their quarterfinals game Monday against the Sacramento Kings will be broadcast simultaneously on TNT and Bally Sports.




Fun Bunch
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
Very smart move.


MrBarry
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
Indeed it is. It needs to be Fox8 in New Orleans as well as Fox44 in Baton Rouge and the Fox channel in Lafayette.


Colonel Flagg
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
So what do the Pels need to do to make sure Joel and AD are taken care of regardless of the direction of the network.

Are Joel and AD employees of Ballys, independent contractors, or on staff with the Pelicans organization?


WaltWhite504
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
This would be HUGE.

This team desperately needs to grow its fan base. The attendance at the games is pathetic. Now is the time. With Pels getting better and Saints getting worse, do it.

Also every F"N timeout is that stupid ibotta commercial with the people shaking the coins, or Ochsner cancer centers or that vet (TY for your service) with the traumatic brain injury. AND OMG - that Smoothie King commercial where the guys belly explodes? and the solution is to eat a bowl of sugar? WTF Bally's, get some new ads already.


Colonel Flagg
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8


Brad would like to know how he could be of service.


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Soggymoss
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
Joel and AD are basically independent contractors but also basically work for the team


jacquesap
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
Does anyone actually have antennas on their tvs? How would this work for folks that just have smart tvs, cable, or restaurants/bars?


rt3
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
So... I'm between BR & Hammond in Livingston... which is in the BR media market meaning I don't get Fox 8... where can I watch?

Or do I still have to pay Bally's?


BigPerm30
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
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So what do the Pels need to do to make sure Joel and AD are taken care of regardless of the direction of the network.


I agree. I’ve listened to some of these other local announcers and I’d rather stick needles in my dick than listen to them for an entire season.


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How would this work for folks that just have smart tvs, cable, or restaurants/bars?


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LSUpelsSaints
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
i have had a firestick on my tv for years now but i also bought a $40 big antenna that i mounted in the attic. Works great and have zero issues getting any of the local network channels.


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LSUneaux
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
Joel already does Saints preseason games for Fox 8.


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Nooneactually
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
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So... I'm between BR & Hammond in Livingston... which is in the BR media market meaning I don't get Fox 8... where can I watch?

The article says the over the air option with Fox can reach up to 7 million viewers, so more than likely Fox44 will carry the games for the BR area


nicholastiger
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
Yeah the announcers work for the pels and that's why you get Joel working Saints preseason games
It's no different than the Pels and Saints radio announcers as well


lsu_baseball11
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
As long as we keep Joel and AD it’s a win


Cosmo
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Indeed it is. It needs to be Fox8 in New Orleans as well as Fox44 in Baton Rouge and the Fox channel in Lafayette.


This. Should try to go to Mobile and Jackson affiliates as well


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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
Big win and smart move. Getting Pels on air locally would immediately start to expand and deepen their fan base. Other franchises have already recognized this...


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BradleyBadd
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
Hallelujahhhh


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VOR
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re: New Orleans Pelicans in advanced discussions to air games on Fox 8
I’ve had no problems with Pels’ games on Bally. But, whatever. As long as the broadcast crew remains as is, I’m fine with local Fox.


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