ARIZONA COYOTES

Bally Sports Arizona asks out of agreement to broadcast Coyotes games

Oct 4, 2023, 9:08 PM | Updated: 9:39 pm

Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller, center, celebrates after his goal against the Vegas Gold...

Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller, center, celebrates after his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights with Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) and defenseman Juuso Valimaki (4) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Less than a week before the start of the 2023-24 NHL season, Diamond Sports Group, the bankrupt operator of Bally Sports Arizona, wants out of its contract to broadcast Arizona Coyotes games.

On Wednesday, Diamond Sports requested in the Southern Texas Bankruptcy Court that its current television contract with the Coyotes be rejected.

Per the court filing: “The Debtors have determined, in their business judgment, that the Coyotes Agreement no longer fits within the Debtors’ long-term plans and should be rejected.”

The filing also states: “The Debtors have discussed the relief requested in this Motion with the Coyotes, and the parties have mutually agreed on this course of action.”

Both sides are awaiting the court’s approval.

The Coyotes were the lone Valley pro sports team still affiliated with Bally Sports Arizona. The Suns, Mercury and Diamondbacks all cut ties with Bally Sports Arizona earlier this year.

Now the Coyotes need a new TV broadcast partner — and fast.

The NHL season begins Oct. 11. Arizona is scheduled to begin its 82-game season on Oct. 13 at the New Jersey Devils.

In July, the Coyotes issued a statement after the Diamondbacks abruptly split with Bally Sports Arizona.

The statement read: “We are fully aware of the developments regarding Bally Sports Arizona. The Arizona Coyotes remain under contract with Bally Sports Arizona and remain hopeful that the network will continue to broadcast our games this season. Nonetheless, we will continue to evaluate all of our options, as needed, and will ensure that our great fans across the Valley are able to watch our games this fall. We will have no further comment until we have news to announce.”

Arizona Coyotes

Utah Hockey Club rally...

Associated Press

Utah Hockey Club to debut Oct. 8 vs. Chicago

The Utah Hockey Club will play its first regular-season game Oct. 8 against Connor Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks.

22 days ago

Mikhail Sergachev...

Arizona Sports

Utah Hockey Club makes major splash by trading for defensemen Sergachev, Marino

Utah Hockey Club general manager Bill Armstrong made two significant trades on the second day of the NHL Draft.

24 days ago

Detail of the Arizona Coyotes logo during the NHL game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Gila Riv...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes relinquish branding, naming rights back to NHL

Part of former Arizona Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo stepping away from the franchise incudes him relinquishing the brand rights to the NHL.

27 days ago

Fans hold up signs before the NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Arizona Coyotes at Mulle...

Dan Bickley

Arizona Coyotes will return, prove how inept Alex Meruelo truly was

Alex Meruelo will be remembered as one of the worst owners in Arizona sports history after his failures with the Arizona Coyotes.

28 days ago

Jeremy Roenick speaking at Arizona Coyotes podium...

Payne Moses

Former Coyote Jeremy Roenick among 7 additions to Hockey Hall of Fame

Jeremey Roenick's joins seven others in the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2024, ending his 12-year wait since first becoming eligible for induction.

28 days ago

...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Bickley Blast: In a league full of skates, Alex Meruelo was the cheapest of them all

Dan Bickley reacts to news that Alex Meruelo is stepping away from his ownership of the Arizona Coyotes.

28 days ago

Bally Sports Arizona asks out of agreement to broadcast Coyotes games