The move bolsters Sinclair (which operates one of the largest networks of local television stations in the country. Sinclair has drawn criticism for pushing a conservative political worldview in its newscasts and programming decisions. )
If approved by the Department of Justice, the deal will make Sinclair the owner The deal would give Sinclair the exclusive rights to 42 professional teams tense Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League.
Sinclair president and chief executive Chris Ripley said in a statement that it was a "very exciting transaction" for the company
"While consumer viewing habits have shifted, The tradition of watching live sports and news remains in our culture, "Ripley said. "As one of the largest local news producers in the country and an experienced producer of sports content, we are ideally positioned to transfer our skills to deliver and expand our focus on greater premium sports programming."
The deal does not include the YES Network, which broadcasts Yankees games for the New York City metro region. Disney is also required to sell that network.
Sinclair and Disney said in the press release that in 2018 the 21 regional sports networks generated $ 3.8 billion in revenue and had 74 million subscribers.