If you've cut the cord and gone with YouTube TV as your primary source of television, you're about to lose FOX Regional Sports Networks.
For Minnesotans, that means FOX Sports North is about to disappear. In fact, YouTube TV announced Thursday that it'll be gone beginning this Saturday, Feb. 29.
"We purchase rights from Sinclair to distribute content to you. Despite our best efforts, we’ve been unable to reach an agreement with Sinclair. As a result, we will no longer offer FOX Regional Sports Networks, including YES Network, beginning February 29th," YouTube TV announced.
Regular FOX (FOX 9) and FS1 won't be wiped out.
The 36-hour notice means Minnesota sports fans need to act fast if they plan to continue watching many of their favorite teams. FSN is home to the the Twins, Wild, Wolves, Lynx and United FC, among many other popular programs.
There are alternatives available if losing FSN convinces you to dump YouTube TV, and a fairly comparable option is Hulu Live, which includes FSN and FSN+. Click here and enter your zip code to see what channels Hulu Live has in your area. The cost is $54.99 a month after a free trial.
It's not the first time that the Fox Regional Sports Network has removed channels from a streaming service after failing to come to terms with the platform. Last year, Fox Sports North disappeared from Sling and DISH packages.
What it means for the Twins
FSN's broadcast schedule hasn't been released yet, but outside of some national exposure on ESPN, MLB Network and FS1, it's a good bet that damn near all Twins games will be on FSN. Bad news for YouTube TV subscribers.
What it means for the Wolves
There are 25 games left in the season and all of them are on FSN. Friday's game against Orlando will be the last one available for YouTube TV users.
What it means for the Wild
All but three of the Wild's remaining regular-season games are on FSN. The exceptions are:
- Sunday, Mar. 1 vs. Washington on NBCSN
- Sunday, Mar. 15 vs. Nashville on NBCSN
- Sunday, Mar. 29 vs. St. Louis on NBCSN
What it means for the Lynx
FSN hasn't released its Lynx 2020 broadcast schedule, but if it's anything like last year it'll mean approximately 20 games will be televised on FSN. Minnesota will have a handful of games available on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC
What it means for the United
The Loons open the season Sunday against Portland and that game is on FS1, so fans can still watch it. But FSN will be the primary broadcast channel for 25 of 34 games.