Utah Jazz to launch new streaming platform, Jazz+
The Utah Jazz will be launching a streaming service called Jazz+ for localized fans in the Utah, Idaho and Wyoming area, the team announced Wednesday.
Never-before-seen footage, full-length game replays, and so much more— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) September 27, 2023
It will allow fans in those areas to stream the team’s regular season games broadcasted and both English and Spanish, in addition to exclusive content and on-demand games. A monthly subscription will cost $15.50 with a yearly subscription costing $125.50.
Fans who purchase the yearly subscription before Oct. 24–the start of the 2023-24 regular season leaguewide–will earn two upper bowl tickets to a select Jazz home game in 2023-24 plus a Jazz hat and t-shirt. Pretty good deal, right?
“Creating the best fan experience is top of mind in everything we do. This season, we have so many reasons to celebrate being a Utah Jazz fan — from the return of Delta Center and our 50th anniversary season to the launch of Jazz+ and the ability for anyone in Utah to watch Jazz games on KJZZ,” Ryan Smith, Utah’s owner, said in a statement. “With Jazz+, we have created 24/7 digital access to the team. We are so excited that all Utahns can be with us for every minute of the action.”
For fans to see if they are eligible for the newly-developed streaming platform, they can search their respective zip code on the Jazz+ website to see if they’re eligible; only fans in the local broadcast territory will be able to use their streaming service outside of the region temporarily.
This is likely going to be the new trend across media markets nationwide, as NBATV–or, in baseball’s case, MLBTV–does not allow fans local access to games with those platforms. Instead, if you lived on the West Coast near the Bay Area, you’d have to watch Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings games through the NBC Sports app, should your TV/cable provider have access to those localized stations.
“Streaming is super important,” Smith said. “I think it’s the future, and we all know that.”
Don’t be surprised if more teams across the four professional sports leagues trend in this direction. The Vegas Golden Knights did it, why won’t others?
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