Cavs Fans, Cleveland Mayor Spend Night Trashing Bally Sports for Continued Ineptitude in Broadcasting Games

Welcome to another *error message* season of *technical difficulties* Cavs *buffering* basketball

Cavs Fans, Cleveland Mayor Spend Night Trashing Bally Sports for Continued Ineptitude in Broadcasting Games
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Some cable subscribers who earlier this year enjoyed watching the Cleveland Guardians (broadcast rights owned by Bally Sports Great Lakes) but who discovered last night that they don't live in the coverage zone for Bally Sports Ohio (which owns the broadcast rights to the Cleveland Cavs) lobbed complaints at Bally Sports Cleveland, which exists only as the name of social media accounts, while many of those who this year signed up to follow their favorite basketball team via the brand spanking new Bally Sports+ streaming app, which somehow costs $20 while not including access to Guardians games, suffered from issues with zip code verification, buffering, freezing, lag and audio delays as the Cavaliers lost the 2022-2023 season opener to the Toronto Raptors in a game seen without incident by approximately 13% of the viewing audience.

Welcome to another year of trying, in the most basic ways, to watch Cleveland basketball and being stymied at every step by Bally Sports, a company whose sole purpose is to deliver professionally produced coverage of those games.

The frustration, built technical issue by technical issue, game by game. since a cross partnership rebranding in March 2021 replaced Fox Sports' regional cable networks with a new company whose name chiefly conjures images of closed gyms in suburban strip malls, has now reached the upper echelons of Cleveland City Hall as mayor Justin Bibb last night shared the pain felt by other fans.

He was far from alone, and the problems were many.

Replying to one viewer who pointed out the stream on the app was interrupted constantly by a black screen, Bally Sports Cleveland said, "That is strange and not universal. Trying (sic) exiting out of the stream and relaunching."

By "strange and not universal," Bally Sports apparently meant "normal and happening to many viewers" based on the number of similar complaints.

And a fun wrinkle for some folks who tried to sign up for Bally Sports+?

For those who trudged through the technical and totally not universal difficulties, or managed by sheer luck to receive a decent if mediocre streaming experience on the app, there awaited more problems, chiefly that the app's broadcast ended before the game did, with the Cavs looking at a loss but still with enough time on the clock to pull out some sort of late-game miracle.

And all that's not to mention the recurring issues (lag, freezing) that beguiled Cavs fans all last season, some of whom offered helpful pointers for Bally Sports as the upstart tries to figure out this whole cable sports thing.

Others got more quickly and directly to the point.

The Cavs next tip off Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls. Viewers are encouraged to begin starting and restarting their Bally Sports app by Friday afternoon if they hope to see the game.
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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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