Bally Sports Indiana
Bally Sports Indiana.png
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaCentral Indiana
Nationwide (via DirecTV; games only)
NetworkBally Sports
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerSinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios (Diamond Sports Group)[1]
Sister channelsBally Sports Midwest
History
LaunchedNovember 1, 2006 (15 years ago) (2006-11-01)
ReplacedFox Sports Midwest (within designated broadcast area)
Former namesFSN Indiana (2006–2008)
Fox Sports Indiana (2008–2021)
Bally Sports Indiana (2021-present)
Links
Websitewww.ballysports.com/indiana/
Availability
(some events may air on overflow feed Bally Sports Indiana Plus due to event conflicts)
Streaming media
Fox Sports Gowww.foxsportsgo.com/
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)

Bally Sports Indiana (BSIN) is an American regional sports network owned by Diamond Sports Group, and operates as an affiliate of Bally Sports. The channel broadcasts local professional and high school sports coverage throughout the state of Indiana, with a focus on professional sports teams based in Indianapolis, namely the NBA's Indiana Pacers.

The channel is available on cable providers throughout Central Indiana, and is also available nationwide on DirecTV.

History

Fox Sports Indiana logo, used from 2008 to 2012.
Fox Sports Indiana logo, used from 2008 to 2012.
Former Fox Spots Indiana logo, used from 2012 to 2021
Former Fox Spots Indiana logo, used from 2012 to 2021

Bally Sports Indiana was launched as FSN Indiana was launched on November 1, 2006 as a spin-off channel of Fox Sports Midwest, after the regional sports network obtained the exclusive regional cable television rights to broadcast games from the Indiana Pacers NBA franchise. The first live sporting event broadcast on FSN Indiana featured the Pacers at the Charlotte Bobcats on the day of launch at 7PM. The game was preceded by the special Beyond the Glory:Reggie Miller and a one hour pregame show.[2]

A high definition simulcast feed of Fox Sports Indiana, launched on December 17, 2007, which broadcasts in the 720p format. Originally, the channel broadcast most of its Pacers game telecasts as well as Cincinnati Reds games from Fox Sports Ohio, and games and events broadcast nationally by Fox Sports Networks in HD. Today, nearly all programming is in HD.

On October 16, 2009, Dish Network removed Fox Sports Indiana and sister networks Fox Sports Midwest and Fox Sports Kansas City in a carriage dispute over a proposed increase in retransmission consent revenue paid by the satellite provider.[3] The dispute lasted for one year, with all three channels being restored on October 29, 2010 through the signing of a new carriage agreement.

On December 14, 2017, as part of a merger between both companies, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire all 22 regional Fox Sports networks from 21st Century Fox, including Fox Sports Indiana. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN. On May 3, 2019, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios (through their joint venture, Diamond Holdings) bought Fox Sports Networks from The Walt Disney Company for $10.6 billion.[4] The deal closed on August 22, 2019.[5] On November 17, 2020, Sinclair announced an agreement with casino operator Bally's Corporation to serve as a new naming rights partner for the FSN channels. Sinclair announced the new Bally Sports branding for the channels on January 27, 2021.[6] On March 31, 2021, coinciding with the start of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, Fox Sports Indiana was rebranded as Bally Sports Indiana, resulting in 18 other Regional Sports Networks renamed Bally Sports in their respective regions.[7] The first live sporting event shown on Bally Sports Indiana was the Pacers-Heat game at 7 PM on that day. It was preceded by the "Pacers Live" pregame show at 6:30 PM.[8]

Programming

Bally Sports Indiana holds the regional cable television rights to the Indiana Pacers. The channel also broadcasts select Major League Baseball games from its sister regional networks, airing Cincinnati Reds games televised by Bally Sports Ohio,[9] St. Louis Cardinals game telecasts originating from Bally Sports Midwest and Detroit Tigers games from Bally Sports Detroit to areas of the state within the home television territories of those teams as defined by Major League Baseball.[10]

Bally Sports Indiana also broadcasts athletic events from the Missouri Valley Conference and Indiana High School Athletic Association.[11]

On December 10, 2016, Fox Sports Indiana aired the first edition of Basketball Day Indiana, which comprised several high school, college and professional basketball games featuring Indiana-based teams.[12] The event was broadcast annually until 2021.[13]

Region served MLB NBA NHL
Cincinnati Reds
(Bally Sports Ohio)
Detroit Tigers
(Bally Sports Detroit)
St. Louis Cardinals
(Bally Sports Midwest)
Indiana Pacers Detroit Pistons
(Bally Sports Detroit)
St. Louis Blues
(Bally Sports Midwest)
Central Indiana Yes No No Yes No Yes
Southwest Indiana Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
Fort Wayne Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes

Former Programming

Fox Sports Indiana previously had right to the Indiana Fever of the WNBA. It has carried telecasts of events and conference magazine programs from the Atlantic 10 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, Western Athletic Conference, and Horizon League. Additionally, it aired weekly magazine programs for Notre Dame's football and men's basketball teams.

Notable on-air staff

Indiana Pacers

Indiana Fever

References

  1. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 27, 2018). "Justice Department Approves Disney's Acquisition of 21st Century Fox With Divestiture of Regional Sports Networks". Variety. Archived from the original on June 27, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Pacers Programming On FSN Indiana Tips Tonight". Indiana Pacers. FSN Indiana. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Dish Network Now Has the Hockey Blues". TVPredictions.com. October 16, 2009.
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia. "Sinclair Clinches Disney-Regional Sports Networks Deal, Byron Allen Joins as Partner". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  5. ^ "Sinclair completes acquisition of regional sports networks from Disney". Bloomberg. 22 August 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  6. ^ Novy-Williams, Eben (2020-11-19). "Bally's Buys Sinclair RSN Naming Rights As Part of Sports Betting Push". Sportico.com. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  7. ^ "Bally Sports, Coming March 31". YouTube (Fox Sports Midwest). March 17, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  8. ^ Newell, Nat (March 31, 2021). "Pacers broadcasts will look different on Bally Sports Indiana starting Wednesday". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Fox Sports Indiana Announces 2011 Cincinnati Reds Telecast Schedule" (PDF). Fox Sports Indiana. March 21, 2011.
  10. ^ "Cardinals on FSN". St. Louis Cardinals. Major League Baseball.
  11. ^ "About Bally Sports Indiana". www.ballysports.com. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Basketball Day in Indiana": Embrace Hoosier Hysteria This Saturday - Ashlew Fowler, WIBC, 7 December 2016
  13. ^ Sims, Chris (January 7, 2020). "Basketball Day Indiana to feature 27 hours of hoops for Hoosiers". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 19 April 2021.