Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia is ready to make NBA games more accessible for fans. Ishbia spoke to the media in Phoenix about making games free for fans to watch at home. With the NFL's recent massive contract for their viewership, it's surprising to hear someone wanting to broadcast free games. However, the money isn't a priority for the Suns owner. Although many billionaires probably wouldn't put anything over money, Ishbia seems to have a different take.
"We're not focusing on money. We're focusing on winning, success, and taking care of fans, taking care of the community," Ishbia commented when discussing the future of the organization. Fans of the league have long been frustrated with the way games are handled. Many markets see blackouts. Blackouts mean the game isn't available in certain markets. So, for instance, if you wanted to watch your team out of market, you'd more than likely have to purchase the NBA League Pass.
Phoenix Suns Want To Deliver Free Games
While the theory of free games sounds amazing. However, the NBA will more than likely not be on board with this dream. Streaming services are bidding for the rights of every major professional sports league. One has to imagine the NBA's price wouldn't be cheap. But if things become too expensive, there will be no fans watching the product. Which is the big reason Ishbia could be looking into making games more accessible.
Teams will not lose money by giving more fans a chance to see their team. However, don't expect any other franchises to make these same claims. Maybe Ishbia is just saying loud statements to get fans on his side. Since he is the newest owner of an NBA franchise. However, one thing is for certain, this statement will not be going away any time soon. Would you like to see teams follow the Phoenix Suns lead and attempt to show games free? Are you more likely to watch more basketball if games were offered locally? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. For the latest NBA news, keep it right here with HNHH.