The move follows the recent nationwide US launch of the Bally Sports+ subscription service, which is priced at a monthly fee of US$19.99.
The Cavs will additionally pay for subscriptions of foundation members and the team’s corporate sponsors.
Subscription streaming service Bally Sports+ provides access to the Bally Sports Ohio regional sports network (RSN), which holds the Cavaliers’ local broadcast rights.
Since acquiring 21 RSNs from Disney for a combined sum of US$10.6 billion in 2019, Bally Sports co-owner Sinclair Broadcast Group has drawn criticism for withdrawing regional coverage from other subscription platforms such as YouTube TV, Hulu, FuboTV and Sling.
“Under the leadership and principles of our Chairman Dan Gilbert, we always strive to ‘do the right thing’ and this is absolutely the right thing to do,” said Nic Barlage, chief executive of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“While we know nothing matches attending a game in person at the FieldHouse, it is extremely important to us that our most vested fans have an all-encompassing membership platform that provides exclusive access and engagement at every turn.
“We know how frustrating it has been to not have a convenient way to watch Cavs games on TV over the last few seasons, but we think the Bally Sports+ app is a great solution.”