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Crew games remain on YouTubeTV after temporary extension

Users of the popular cord-cutter service won’t miss Columbus Crew games after all, for now.

Contract disputes effecting Columbus Crew SC fan’s ability to watch the Crew games is becoming a reoccurring event.

On July 26, 2019, Dish Network announced that the Fox Regional Sports Networks would be blacked out until a new contract had been reached with Sinclair Broadcast Group (owners and operators of Fox Regional Sports). This announcement and resulting blackout left Dish and Sling subscribers unable to watch any locally broadcasted Crew games for the remainder of the 2019 season and will carry over into the upcoming 2020 season.

Many Dish customers jumped ship, in order to ensure their Black & Gold viewing would go uninterrupted, and for those who made the switch to YoutubeTV, the announcement on Thursday that the streaming service wouldn’t carry FOX regional sports networks was an all too familiar one.z

Just three days before the season kickoff between the Crew and New York City FC, Youtube TV announced they too were having contract disputes with Sinclair that would leave their subscribers unable to watch any Fox Sports broadcasts of the Black & Gold.

But before you rush to cancel that YouTubeTV Subscription, however, it would appear a solution has been reached, albeit temporarily, that will allow YouTubeTV users to catch the season opener after all.

While no official announcement has been made by YouTubeTV about the overall contract negotiations, the TeamYouTube Twitter account has announced that a temporary extension has been worked out that will allow YouTubeTV to continue broadcasting the FOX regional sports channels.

This is great news for supporters of the Black & Gold, as you’re currently not stuck with the decision of missing any games or switching to a more expensive cable provider in order to continue accessing Fox Sports.

For now.

This news follows the Crew’s announcement of a multi-year extension of the team’s radio contract with RadiOhio. The Black & Gold’s games will continue to be broadcast on 97.1 The Fan or 1460 ESPN with Chris Doran on the radio broadcast. Long time commentator Juan Valladares will be Spanish voice of the team via an audio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com