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Bally Sports New Orleans, the network that owns the Pelicans’ local broadcast rights, will launch its streaming service in Louisiana on Monday.

Bally Sports+ will give the Louisians another streaming option to watch Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and co as they head into a much-anticipated 2022-23 season.

Bally Sports+ costs $19.99 per month or $189.99 annually.

The lack of streaming options on the market over the past two seasons has left Pelicans fans frustrated. YouTube TV and Hulu Live shut down Bally Sports in October 2020. Meanwhile, cable providers and DirecTV have continued to broadcast Bally Sports New Orleans.

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“We are very excited to offer Pelicans fans another way to see their team,” said Steve Simpson, senior vice president of Bally Sports Southwest, in a statement provided to The Times-Picayune. “Fans now have more choice and flexibility to access Pels games and other Bally Sports New Orleans programming. We are proud to be able to offer this in time for an exciting pelican season.”

Bally Sports owns the rights to 76 of the Pelicans’ 82 regular-season games. Only six of the team’s regular season games are exclusive to TNT.

Sinclair bought Fox Sports Networks in 2019 for $10.6 billion. Sinclair announced that these regional sports networks will be rebranded as Bally Sports in January 2021. The falling fees cable companies pay to regional sports networks have severely impacted Bally Sports’ bottom line.

The New York Post reported Tuesday that the NBA, MLB and NHL could orchestrate “a buyout” of the Bally Sports networks. An NBA spokesman told the New York Post the report was incorrect.

The Pelicans signed a five-year deal with Bally Sports in June. The team may opt out of the deal after three years, league sources said.

Bally Sports+ went live in five MLB markets in June.

Bally Sports owns the rights to the games of 16 NBA teams. The regional sports network has a strong presence in the South, where Bally Sports has partnerships with the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks.

Last month, the NBA slashed the price of NBA League Pass, its out-of-market streaming service. The NBA lowered the price of the standard League Pass package from $230 per year to $100 per year.