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Arizona Coyotes form new TV partnership with Scripps Sports

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The saga between Diamond Sports Group, who owns Bally Sports Arizona, and the Arizona Coyotes has come to an end and the NHL franchise has came to an agree multi-year broadcasting agreement with Scripps Sports.

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After the Phoenix Suns, Mercury and Arizona Diamondbacks formed their own partnerships with other local stations over the past few months, the Coyotes were the last professional sports team in Arizona to still have a contract with Diamond Sports Net Arizona.

Deal Notes

A press release stated by the hockey club said that because of an ongoing bankruptcy situation with Diamond Sports, they had an agreement with the Coyotes to end their partnership.

“The Coyotes and Diamond Sports Net Arizona on Wednesday agreed to end the Coyotes telecast rights agreement. The debtors in the Diamond Sports Group, LLC bankruptcy submitted a motion and proposed order to reject the Coyotes telecast rights agreement to the bankruptcy court.”

With the new agreement, Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo shared his thoughts on the new collaboration with Scripps Sports.

“We are thrilled to partner with Scripps Sports and provide free Coyotes games to our fans,” said Coyotes Owner, Chairman & Governor Alex Meruelo. “This is a major win for us to be able to increase our reach and continue to grow the great game of hockey in the desert. We are committed to winning, committed to the Valley, and committed to doing what’s best for our incredibly loyal and passionate fanbase.”

Now with Scripps Sports, 81 of 82 regular season games will be available for Coyotes fans to watch for free on cable station ABC 15.

With an Antenna TV, games will be on channel 15.2 (KXNV.2) and on Channel 95 for COX cable customers.

However in Tucson, the games will be broadcasted on KGUN 9.2, Comcast channel 1179 and COX channel 85.

Moreover, a streaming option will be announced soon as Scripps and the Coyotes are working together to have a direct-to-consumer option, as stated in the press release by Coyotes CEO and President Xavier A. Gutierrez.

Additionally, Scripps Sports has also landed a partnership with the Las Vegas Golden Knights after they left their local deal with AT&T Sportsnet this year.

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Alec Cipollini is a journalist covering the Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Rising for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his new X account @AlecCipollini

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