Yes, Milwaukee Brewers fans, you’ll be able to watch your team on cable TV in 2021 — and beyond.
Just days before the opening of their spring training camp in Phoenix, the Brewers and Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Tuesday that they had reached agreement on a multi-year deal to keep games on Fox Sports Wisconsin (renamed Bally Sports Wisconsin in the coming months). As per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cord-cutters who use streaming services such as Sling TV, YouTubeTV and Hulu + Live TV won’t be able to watch, however, after the services removed Sinclair-owned regional sports channels from their lineups as early as 2019 and throughout last year.
The Brewers’ previous television contract expired at the end of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The new deal leaves the Miami Marlins as the only MLB club without a TV deal for 21.
“With spring training starting in just days, we can’t wait to get Milwaukee Brewers baseball back in the air,” said Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger. “As we seek to bring fans back to American Family Field for the start of the season, our long-term relationship with Fox Sports Wisconsin also provides a direct connection to the game day experience for viewers away from the ballpark. .
Fox Sports Wisconsin, a Sinclair-owned regional sports network, is in its 24th season as the Brewers’ home network. The team ranked 7th in Major League Baseball with a 4.3 rating per household in 2020.
Play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson and analyst Bill Schroeder return to the Fox Sports Wisconsin TV booth with Sophia Minnaert once again serving as reporter. Matt Lepay will again periodically replace Anderson in play-by-play, as will radio announcer Jeff Levering.
The network is expected to release a spring training broadcast schedule soon.
“We are extremely proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Sinclair Local Sports President Steve Rosenberg. “We would like to express our gratitude to Rick, (principal owner) Mark Attanasio and Major League Baseball for their assistance and continued collaboration as we move our relationship forward.”