Thunder programming: YouTube TV scheduled to drop Fox Sports Oklahoma
Thunder fans will have one less way to watch their team play, come Saturday.
YouTube TV announced Thursday that it was unable to reach an agreement with Sinclair to continue to offer Fox Regional Sports Networks. That includes Fox Sports Oklahoma, which is scheduled to broadcast 81 of the Thunder’s 82 regular season games this year.
“We’re disappointed that YouTube TV has decided to drop FOX Sports Oklahoma and its Thunder telecasts,” the Thunder said in a statement provided to The Oklahoman. “Despite FOX Sports Oklahoma’s efforts, YouTube TV declined to reach a new agreement. Fortunately, there are a number of other options. We encourage fans to visit KeepMyHomeTeams.com for information on how to switch TV providers.”
The Thunder will play its third and final nationally televised games of the regular season before YouTube TV makes the change. ESPN will broadcast the Thunder’s game at Milwaukee on Friday. YouTube TV will no longer offer Fox Sports Oklahoma beginning Saturday.
“We do not take this decision lightly,” YouTube TV said in a statement on Twitter. “This is a reflection of the rising cost of sports content. You may have noticed several other TV services have also decided to remove FOX Regional Sports Networks from their lineups.”
Dish Network faced similar contract disputes with the group that owns Fox Sports Oklahoma, leading to blackouts on Dish and SlingTV to start the season.