Bally Sports app
Type of site
Sports broadcasting
Predecessor(s)Fox Sports Go
OwnerDiamond Sports Group
Created bySinclair Digital Interactive Solutions
ParentSinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios
LaunchedApril 26, 2021; 2 years ago (2021-04-26)
As Fox Sports Go:
October 8, 2013; 10 years ago (2013-10-08)
Current statusActive

The Bally Sports app is the video streaming service of the former Fox Sports Networks, now Bally Sports regional sports networks. The app replaces Fox Sports Go (FSGO), the app of the former Fox Sports Networks. The service is available for customers of select cable and satellite TV providers, as well as the DirecTV Stream over-the-top service.


Initial Bally Sports app logo at conversion from the Fox Sports Go

The service was initially introduced as Fox Sports' TV Everywhere service, including access to content from networks such as Fox Sports 1 and Big Ten Network (the latter already offered under the brand BTN2Go). Super Bowl XLVIII was streamed for free without authentication on personal computers and tablets, but not on mobile phones due to exclusive rights held by Verizon Wireless.[1] The event averaged 1.7 million viewers on the platform.[2]

For regional telecasts on the Fox Sports Networks, NBA games were available, and Major League Baseball games became available starting with the 2016 season, after Fox Sports and MLB came to an agreement for in-market streaming rights in November 2015.[3] Fox reached a similar deal for regional National Hockey League games beginning in the 2016–17 season.[4]

Old Fox Sports Go logo

In 2019, Fox Sports Networks was sold to Diamond Sports Group, a joint venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios, as part of The Walt Disney Company's purchase of Fox's entertainment assets; Fox also sought to divest Fox Sports Networks but were barred from selling them to Disney by federal regulators.ref>Littleton, Cynthia (May 3, 2019). "Sinclair Clinches Disney-Regional Sports Networks Deal, Byron Allen Joins as Partner". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-05.</ref> The sale included rights to the Fox Sports Go platform; as a result, streaming of national Fox Sports channels (such as Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and Big Ten Network) and programming was moved exclusively to and the Fox Sports app, leaving Fox Sports Go to only carry content from the regional networks. The national Fox Sports content continued to be listed on the Fox Sports Go main page as external links during an interim brand-licensing period.[5][6]

On March 10, 2021, the programming from YES Network (which is also partially owned by Sinclair) was separated from FSGO and moved to a dedicated app.[7]

The Fox Sports Go app was scheduled to be relaunched as part of the Bally Sports rebranding of the Fox Sports Networks on March 31, 2021, but the new app was delayed to a then unspecified date.[8] On April 26, 2021, the Bally Sports app was launched.[9]

On June 23, 2022, Bally Sports soft-launched its Bally Sports Plus (or Bally Sports+) direct-to-consumers (DTC) service, which is accessible through the Bally Sports app. The service is available initially in five MLB cities: Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Milwaukee, and Tampa.[10] It launched nationally in the remainder of the networks' footprint on September 26.[11][12]

On March 14, 2023, Diamond Sports Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection; its restructuring plan included a proposal for the company to be separated from the Sinclair Broadcast Group into a standalone company.[13] By January 17, 2024, Diamond Sports announced a restructuring agreement after receiving a minority investment from Amazon, and reaching an agreement with the Sinclair Broadcast Group for a $495 million cash payment to settle an earlier lawsuit. Under the deal, the Bally Sports app will be folded into Amazon Prime Video. The restructuring still needs to be approved by the bankruptcy court.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "Super Bowl XLVIII will be streamed for free on Fox Sports website and app". Engadget. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ Super Bowl live stream breaks viewership records despite brief FOX Sports Go outages - Taylor Soper, GeekWire, 6 February 2017
  3. ^ "MLB announces in-market streaming deal with Fox for 2016 season". Awful Announcing. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Fox, NHL agree on in-market streaming". Sports Business Daily. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Bouma, Luke (2019-05-13). "After The Disney Sale Fox Sports App Splits Into Two Different Apps". Cord Cutters News. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  6. ^ "How you live stream Big Ten Network content will change in 2019, here's how". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  7. ^ "New YES App launches, featuring live streamed games and more". Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  8. ^ "New Bally Sports App, Replacing Fox Sports Go, Won't Be Ready For Opening Day 2021". April 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-01.
  9. ^ Gurwin, Jason (April 26, 2021). "Bally Sports App is Now Available, Replacing Fox Sports Go on Streaming Players and Mobile Devices". The Streamable. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  10. ^ "Bally Sports Plus Gets Thursday Soft Launch". RBR+TVBR. June 20, 2022. Retrieved July 3, 2022.
  11. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (2022-08-17). "Bally Sports+ has an official all-markets launch date". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  12. ^ "Bally Sports Indiana has a new streaming option for Pacers fans — but it will cost you"
  13. ^ Hayes, Dade (2023-03-15). "Diamond Sports Group, Owner Of Bally Networks Once Run By Fox, Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy". Deadline. Retrieved 2023-05-05.
  14. ^ Szalai, Georg (January 17, 2024). "Amazon to Buy Minority Stake in Diamond Sports, Sinclair to Pay $495M in Settlement". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 17, 2024.