The Cleveland Indians are playing a game that counts Thursday as Opening Day is finally here.
The weather up in Detroit isn’t ideal, but fans have seen worse.
Getting back on the field for a 162-game season is the best news of all and the Indians will be airing on a new network this season.
Well, it is more of a rebrand than anything else.
SportsTime Ohio is now known as Bally Sports Great Lakes.
The change took place Wednesday.
New @, who dis? 👀
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) March 31, 2021
What Will Change?
The early answer to the above question seems to be that not much will change at all.
STO simply changed its name and the content is staying the same.
Fans will just notice a new logo and everything that comes with such a rebrand.
The network is broadcasting every game that is not on national television, which is the news fans should care about the most.
Such a change is more about money being exchanged than anything else.
The Remaining Problems
Traditional cable subscribers are in for their usual viewing experience.
Unfortunately, plenty of those using streaming services may still face blackouts because of disputes between carriers.
One option is to do a Google search for Reddit streams of the game.
Another may be to find a good friend and borrow that streaming password for now.
IT’S SHOWTIME! ⚾️
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) April 1, 2021
The game itself begins at 1 p.m. ET from Detroit and the weather is looking brutal.
It is cold, could snow, and hits may not come often.
However, that is great news for Shane Bieber.
He should be able to dominate against the Tigers lineup.
The Usual Operation
Indians baseball is back and the name of the network changing is not a big deal.
The team actually changing its name in the next year or two will be what actually garners attention.
For now, fans can sit back and enjoy a game called by Matt Underwood and Rick Manning.
Stadiums may not be full yet, but some normalcy is returning with a full MLB season.