It appears the off-again, on-again squabble between YouTube TV and Sinclair has finally reached an end. And ultimately, fans in a few major markets are being left out.
Back on February 27, YouTube TV sent an e-mail to subscribers saying that negotiations between the streaming service and television provider Sinclair had stalled, and the two parties were unable to reach a carriage agreement for almost two dozen Fox Sports regional sports networks and the YES Network, home of New York Yankees baseball.
“Starting February 29, 2020,” the e-mail read, “you will no longer be able to watch live, on demand, or recorded content from your local FOX Regional Sports Network or YES Network.”
Since live sports are a big part of the appeal of YouTube TV for many fans, there was naturally a large number of subscribers who weren’t too happy with how things played out. Of course, both parties denied fault, with Sinclair claiming YouTube wasn’t willing to pay enough and YouTube claiming Sinclair was asking too much.
Just a few days later though, news broke that a temporary agreement had been reached, and the networks would continue airing while the two sides talked things over. For fans, this seemed like a promising sign that an agreement would ultimately be reached and they wouldn’t miss any of their favorite sports action.
An agreement has finally been reached, but it’s unfortunately not all-encompassing. 19 of 21 Fox regional networks are again part of the YouTube TV lineup, but Fox Sports Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West, both in the Los Angeles metro area, won’t be. And neither will the YES Network in New York.
So while New York and Los Angeles area subscribers to YouTube TV are likely losing some sports access just as baseball season arrives, subscribers in the rest of the US can breathe a sigh of relief.