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Sinclair faces mounting headwinds for planned streaming service

Sinclair Broadcast Group president and chief executive Chris Ripley. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

After Sinclair Broadcast Group president and chief executive Chris Ripley said earlier this year the company had direct-to-consumer rights for “the vast majority of our teams,” he was forced to acknowledge in the company’s latest earnings call on November 3 it currently holds explicit direct-to-consumer streaming rights for just four MLB clubs. US Editor Eric Fisher reports.

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