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Sinclair, AT&T Reach Retrans Agreement

Sinclair Broadcast Group said it has reached a multi-year carriage deal with AT&T for its broadcast stations, regional sports networks and the Tennis Channel.

Sinclair began warning DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse customers on Sept. 20 that they could lose access to its channels if a carriage agreement was not reached by Sept. 27. But even as that deadline passed, the broadcaster continued to give the distributor extensions that allowed them to continue carrying the programming while talks continued. 

Sinclair said the new deal includes its newest RSN -- the Marquee Sports Network, a joint venture with Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs that will launch next year -- as well as the 21 networks it purchased from Disney earlier this year, as well as the YES Network in which Sinclair is a joint venture partner with Amazon and the New York Yankees.