Mavericks plays in the most watched Christmas game, but Fox Sports streaming options Southwest Streaming Remain Limited

The NBA pavilion matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks was the most watched match of the league’s five-day Christmas Day show. Broadcast on both ESPN and ABC, it gained an average of 7.01 million viewers and made ABC the most watched television network in the first time.

While LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers management champion against Luka Doncic and the Mavericks slowly turned into a habit – Los Angeles won by 23 points, 138-115, it was enough to keep the audience’s attention . Between the slate of Christmas games and the opening of the season several days earlier, the NBA had its biggest opening week since 2012.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that fans who want to watch Mavericks play don’t have many options as to how they do that.

In the past year, Fox Sports Southwest, Sinclair Broadcasting Group

regional sports network based on Mavericks games, available on much smaller platforms. Dish network of steam and satellite suppliers

Sling, Fubo TV and most recently YouTube TV and Hulu have all suspended FSSW. Frontier cable provider even disconnected the network from its FIOS TV.

In August 2019, Sinclair bought 21 Fox RSNs from Disney

for $ 10.6 billion. Since then, the company has been involved in a number of ongoing disputes with the above suppliers. With the NBA season already underway, many Mavericks fans may not be able to watch Doncic play with their regular service in the future.

For cord cutters, who forget traditional cable for streaming services, AT&T

Now choice is possible. The service from the telecommunications device allows subscribers to stream Mavericks games online. AT&T is a partner in the Mavericks.

However, there may be some who do not want to add another monthly subscription to their television bill. In order for fans to safely return to the American Airlines Center to watch the Mavericks play in person, their options will be limited until Sinclair and the FSSW-released providers reach an agreement.

There is an upside for Mavs fans who live in the market who one of the providers is currently in dispute with Sinclair and who cannot watch the team on an NBA League Pass. Of the 37 games the Mavericks play to start the season – a full season record has not been released – 16 of those tournaments are televised nationally, broadcasting on both ABC, ESPN, NBA TV or TNT.

Dallas has already played two of those games – the season opener against the Phoenix Suns and Christmas Day against the Lakers. That means there are still 14 chances in seeing a team play without changing services.