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RSNs and their big league rights

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MSG Network (1969)/MSG+ (1976)

Owner: MSG
Markets: No. 1 New York (7.46 million TV households);
No. 52 Buffalo (634,280)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
New York Knicks $37 million NA
New York Rangers $35 million NA
Buffalo Sabres $8-$10 million 2017
New Jersey Devils (MSG+) $25 million 2025
New York Islanders (MSG+) $27 million 2031

SportsNet New York (2006)

Owners: New York Mets (65%); Time Warner Cable (27%); NBCUniversal (8%)
Market: No. 1 New York (7.46 million TV households)

Team Estimated Average Annual Rights Fee Expiration Year
New York Mets $65 million 2030

YES Network (2002)

Owners: Fox (80%); Yankees (20%)
Market: No. 1 New York (7.46 million TV households)

Team Estimated Average Annual Rights Fee Expiration Year
New York Yankees $90 million 2042
Brooklyn Nets $25 million 2032

SportsNet LA (2014)

Owner: Los Angeles Dodgers
Market: No. 2 Los Angeles (5.67 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Los Angeles Dodgers $320 million 2038

FS West (1996)/Prime Ticket (1985)

Owners: Fox (75%); Los Angeles Angels (25%)
Market: No. 2 Los Angeles (5.67 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Los Angeles Angels $150 million 2032
Los Angeles Kings $20.8 million NA
Los Angeles Clippers (Prime Ticket) NA NA
Anaheim Ducks (Prime Ticket) NA 2014

Time Warner Cable SportsNet (2012)

Owner: Time Warner Cable
Market: No. 2 Los Angeles (5.67 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Los Angeles Lakers $150 million 2032

CSN Chicago (2004)

Owners: Chicago Cubs (20%); Chicago Bulls (20%); Chicago White Sox (20%); Chicago Blackhawks (20%); NBCUniversal (20%)
Market: No. 3 Chicago (3.53 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Chicago Cubs $45.5 million 2019
Chicago White Sox $45.5 million NA
Chicago Bulls $25 million NA
Chicago Blackhawks NA NA

CSN Philadelphia (1997)

Owners: NBCUniversal (75%); Phillies (25%)
Market: No. 4 Philadelphia (2.96 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Philadelphia Phillies $100 million 2015
Philadelphia Flyers NA NA
Philadelphia 76ers NA NA

Fox Sports Southwest (1996)

Owners: Fox (90%); Texas Rangers (10%)
Markets: No. 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (2.66 million TV households); No. 36 San Antonio (906,210)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Texas Rangers $150 million 2034
Dallas Stars $16.6 million 2014
Dallas Mavericks NA 2018
San Antonio Spurs NA NA

CSN Bay Area (1989)/CSN California (2004)

Owners: NBCUniversal (45%); San Francisco Giants (30%); Fox (25%)
Markets: No. 6 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (2.52 million TV households); No. 20 Sacramento (1.39 million)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
San Francisco Giants $30 million 2032
Golden State Warriors $25 million 2029
Oakland A's (CSN California) $43-$48 million 2029 (opt-out after 2023)
Sacramento Kings (CSN California) NA NA
San Jose Sharks (CSN California) NA NA

NESN (1984)

Owners: Fenway Sports Group (80%); Delaware North (20%)
Market: No. 7 Boston (2.43 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Boston Red Sox $60 million NA
Boston Bruins NA NA

CSN New England (1981)

Owners: NBCUniversal (80%); Boston Celtics (20%)
Market: No. 7 Boston (2.43 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Boston Celtics $30-$40 million 2038

MASN (2005)/MASN2 (2012)

Owners: Baltimore Orioles (82%); Washington Nationals (18%)
Markets: No. 8 Washington, D.C. (2.41 million TV households); No. 27 Baltimore (1.10 million)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Washington Nationals $29 million NA
Baltimore Orioles $29 million NA

CSN Mid-Atlantic (1984)

Owner: NBCUniversal
Market: No. 8 Washington, D.C. (2.41 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Washington Capitals NA NA
Washington Wizards NA NA

FS South (1996)/SportSouth (2006)/FS Carolinas (2008)/FS Tennessee (2008)

Owner: Fox
Markets: No. 9 Atlanta (2.38 million TV households); No. 24 Raleigh (1.17 million); No. 25 Charlotte (1.16 million); No. 29 Nashville (1.04 million); No. 50 Memphis (672,390)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Atlanta Braves $20-$30 million 2026
Atlanta Hawks NA NA
Charlotte Bobcats NA NA
Carolina Hurricanes NA NA
Memphis Grizzlies NA NA
Nashville Predators NA NA

CSN Houston (2012)

Owners: Houston Astros (46.4%); Houston Rockets (30.9%); NBCUniversal (22.7%)
Market: No. 10 Houston (6.12 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Houston Astros $80 million 2032
Houston Rockets $68.5 million 2032

FS Detroit (1997)

Owner: Fox
Market: No. 11 Detroit (1.86 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Detroit Tigers $40 million 2017
Detroit Pistons $35 million NA
Detroit Red Wings $30 million NA

FS Arizona (1996)

Owner: Fox
Market: No. 12 Phoenix (1.86 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Arizona Diamondbacks $31 million 2015
Phoenix Suns NA NA
Phoenix Coyotes NA NA

Root Sports Northwest (2011)

Owners: Seattle Mariners (majority); DirecTV (minority)
Market: No. 13 Seattle (1.85 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Seattle Mariners $115 million 2030

FS Florida (2000)/Sun Sports (1988)

Owner: Fox
Markets: No. 14 Tampa-St. Petersburg (1.83 million TV households); No. 16 Miami-Fort Lauderdale (1.66 million); No. 18 Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne (1.49 million)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Miami Marlins $18 million NA
Miami Heat $20 million NA
Florida Panthers $11.5 million 2022
Tampa Bay Rays (SunSports) $20 million 2016
Tampa Bay Lightning (SunSports) NA NA
Orlando Magic (SunSports) NA NA

FS North (1996)

Owner: Fox
Market: No. 15 Minneapolis-St. Paul (1.75 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Minnesota Twins $29 million NA
Minnesota T'Wolves NA NA
Minnesota Wild NA NA

Altitude Sports and Entertainment (2004)

Owner: Kroenke Sports
Market: No. 17 Denver (1.57 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Colorado Avalanche NA NA
Denver Nuggets NA NA

FS Ohio (1998)/SportsTime Ohio (2006)

Owner: Fox
Markets: No. 19 Cleveland-Akron (1.48 million TV households); No. 32 Columbus (928,530); No. 35 Cincinnati (908,440)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Cleveland Cavaliers $25 million 2016
Columbus Blue Jackets NA NA
Cincinnati Reds $30 million 2016
Cleveland Indians (SportsTime Ohio) $40 million 2022

FS Midwest (1996)

Owner: Fox
Market: No. 21 St. Louis (1.25 million)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
St. Louis Cardinals $25-$28 million 2017
St. Louis Blues NA NA

CSN Northwest (2007)

Owner: NBCUniversal
Market: No. 22 Portland (1.19 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Portland Trail Blazers NA 2016

Root Sports Pittsburgh (2011)

Owner: DirecTV
Market: No. 23 Pittsburgh (1.18 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Pittsburgh Penguins $18 million 2029
Pittsburgh Pirates $18 million 2019

FS Indiana (2006)

Owner: Fox
Market: No. 26 Indianapolis (1.10 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Indiana Pacers NA NA

FS San Diego (2012)

Owners: Fox (80%); San Diego Padres (20%)
Market: No. 28 San Diego (1.08 million TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
San Diego Padres $60 million 2031

FS Kansas City (2008)

Owner: Fox
Market: No. 31 Kansas City (942,000 TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Kansas City Royals $20 million 2019

Root Sports Utah (2011)

Owner: DirecTV
Market: No. 33 Salt Lake City (921,240 TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Utah Jazz NA NA

FS Wisconsin (2007)

Owner: Fox
Market: No. 34 Milwaukee (917,000 TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Milwaukee Brewers $20 million 2019
Milwaukee Bucks NA NA

FS Oklahoma (2008)

Owner: Fox
Market: No. 41 Oklahoma City (730,000 TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Oklahoma City Thunder NA NA

FS New Orleans (2012)

Owner: Fox
Market: No. 51 New Orleans (652,000 TV households)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
New Orleans Pelicans NA NA

CANADIAN RSNs

TSN (1984)

Owners: Bell Media (80%); ESPN (20%)
Markets: Montreal (population: 3.82 million); Winnipeg (789,300)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Toronto Raptors NA NA
Montreal Canadiens (TSN Habs) NA NA
Winnipeg Jets (TSN Jets) NA 2021

Rogers Sportsnet (1998)

Owner: Rogers Communications
Markets: Toronto (population: 5.58 million); Vancouver (2.31 million); Ottawa (1.24 million); Calgary (1.21 million); Edmonton (1.16 million)

Team Est. avg. annual rights fee Expiration year
Toronto Blue Jays $36 million NA
Toronto Maple Leafs $41 million NA
Calgary Flames (Rogers SportsNet West) NA NA
Edmonton Oilers (Rogers SportsNet West) NA NA
Vancouver Canucks (Rogers SportsNet Ontario) $25 million NA
Ottawa Senators (Rogers SportsNet Ontario) NA NA

NA: Not available
Notes: Market rankings and listings are provided by Nielsen and represent the number of TV households in the team’s home market. The actual viewing area of the RSN listed may extend beyond that. RSN owners listed control 100 percent of the network, unless otherwise noted. Teams listed in bold are part of the same ownership entity as the RSN.
ss: SunSports
sto: SportsTime Ohio
rsw: Rogers SportsnetWest
rso: Rogers Sportsnet Ontario
rsp: Rogers Sportsnet Pacific
Sources: SportsBusiness Journal archives; Forbes and other published reports; Nielsen; Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission; Statistics Canada
Compiled by: David Broughton and Brandon McClung

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