The only baseball fans in the Bay Area who can see an opening game in person are the 12,000 or so fans who will enter the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday evening when the A’s face the Houston Astros.
Some fans who want to watch this game or the Giants road opener on TV will awaken rudely: The regional coverage of the teams will no longer be shown on Dish Network or Sling TV from Thursday.
Warriors and Sharks fans will miss it too, as their games, like the Giants and Athletics games, will be broadcast in NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, respectively.
In fact, at 5 p.m. Thursday’s Game Against the Heat will be the first live sports victim.
Last month, a spokesman for Dish, which owns Sling TV, told the news organization that the company could not justify continuing its regional sports networks because NBC’s transportation fees had increased. NBC said the transportation fees are in line with those other companies pay for the rights to show live professional sports events.
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The Dish spokesman said the company is open to negotiating with NBC to bring the regional networks – and live sports – back on the air for customers, but at a different price.
The opener of A will be broadcast on ESPN, so sling and dish customers may find solace there, provided the game is not obscured in service. An email sent to Dish / Sling asking about the power failure has not yet been returned.
Other options for cable cutters who want to watch the games live include YouTube TV, Hulu and fuboTV. Of course, using old-school cables is also an option for fans who want to watch their teams.
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