Utah Jazz Launch SEG Media Production Company, Become Latest Pro Sports Team To Shift From RSN Model
All games will be available on over-the-air KJZZ-TV and on new subscription streaming service
The Utah Jazz are the latest pro-sports team to shift its game broadcasts from a regional sports network, following an announcement on Tuesday by owner Ryan Smith and team parent Smith Entertainment Group. With the launch of a production company dubbed SEG Media, the team says, fans will now have “ubiquitous access” to watch all regionally televised games and other content through a combination of over-the-air TV station KJZZ-TV Salt Lake City and a paid, subscription-based streaming service, starting in the 2023-24 NBA season. Financial terms are not being disclosed.
Jazz games previously were televised on AT&T SportsNet, but recent reports indicate that Warner Bros. Discovery Sports (which acquired the RSNs from AT&T in its acquisition of WarnerMedia last year) plans to shut down the AT&T SportsNet RSNs in October.
The move comes on the heels of similar deals recently inked by the Vegas Golden Knights with Scripps Sports and the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury with Gray TV (although that deal is now in the midst of a court battle). In addition, the Los Angeles Clippers unveiled a direct-to-consumer option last fall, and Major League Baseball took over production and distribution of San Diego Padres games last month after Bally Sports, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this year, failed to pay its rights fee to the team. Bally faces rights-fee payments for several other teams in the coming weeks.