Minnesota sports fans may have taken advantage of the Timberwolves’ victory over the Lakers on Friday night when the show was suddenly cut short.
For YouTube TV subscribers, a contractual dispute with ESPN and Disney removed the channel from their programming at 10:59 p.m. Central time on Friday night. More importantly, it ended the Timberwolves game in the third quarter and left a lot of people to voice their displeasure on social media.
YouTube TV and Disney are at a price stalemate on their channels, which also includes FX, Freeform, Disney Channel, and ABC.
While YouTube wants a clause ensuring they pay the same amount for these channels as similar distributors of their size, it’s another frustrating chapter for Minnesota sports fans who just want to watch their squad.
Sinclair experienced a similar problem with several streaming and satellite services before eventually becoming Bally Sports North. With the channel only available on cable services and DirecTV Stream, fans have struggled to catch the Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild and Minnesota United on TV for the past two years.
The latest standoff puts Vikings fans at a standstill as they face the Chicago Bears on Monday night. While the game will air simultaneously on KSTP, ESPN is the home for Monday night football which could leave fans out in the cold for future games.
YouTube TV has lowered the price of its monthly subscription from $ 64.99 to $ 49.99 following the dispute, but that’s not helping fans.