BendBroadband Drops ROOT SPORTS, Home Of Your Seattle Mariners & Portland Timbers - FAQ's

Last Update May, 28, 2014

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What happened between ROOT SPORTS and BendBroadband?  

BendBroadband eliminated ROOT SPORTS from its cable systems on January 1, 2013 despite ROOT SPORTS seeking no additional costs increase. This means BendBroadband took away your access to the Seattle Mariners and some Portland Timbers matches and shows, as well as the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks regular season game previews; and all the Gonzaga, the Big Sky, Mountain West and other major professional and collegiate events on the network.


Why did BendBroadband eliminate ROOT SPORTS?

ROOT SPORTS did not seek any f price increase from BendBroadband. BendBroadband has disregarded its customers' loyalties to popular teams, forcing any local sports fans to switch to either DIRECTV or DISH Network to still see the same games. Many fans depend on their televisions as the one lifeline to still see these favorite teams. More than 20 other cable companies around the state have embraced the same partnership, and thankfully, DIRECTV and DISH Network are available to everyone around Bend, OR who wants to see these same games too.


What can I do to help get ROOT SPORTS back on BendBroadband?

Join the conversation! Customers can continue to post comments and engage in discussions on the Bring Back ROOT Sports to BendBroadband page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BringBackRootSportsToBendBroadband. Fans are also encouraged to call BendBroadband and ask them to bring back ROOT SPORTS at 1-800-859-ROOT(7668).


What if I want ROOT SPORTS right now?

The only way to guarantee continued access to the regional sports teams that you love is to switch providers today. Your Mariners and Timbers on ROOT SPORTS are available locally on both DIRECTV and DISH Network. You can reach your local DIRECTV and DISH Network dealer by calling Signal Spot @ 541-639-4840. We understand that switching providers can be an inconvenience, so fans are also encouraged to call BendBroadband and ask them to bring back ROOT SPORTS at 1-800-859-ROOT(7668).


What teams and how many games am I actually going to be missing?

ROOT SPORTS carries every Seattle Mariners game and many Portland Timbers matches, which aren't available anywhere else. ROOT SPORTS has a wide berth of live college programming, with over 165 live college basketball games and over 20 live college football matchups. ROOT SPORTS has exclusive coverage of Gonzaga basketball, the Big Sky, the Mountain West, and the West Coast Conference. Current schedules can be found on northwest.rootsports.com. ROOT SPORTS has exclusive Seattle Seahawks regular season and playoff previews, and coaches' shows. ROOT SPORTS is producing and televising all 162 Seattle Mariners games in 2014 - all in high-definition. None of these are available live for online streaming at MLB.tv. ROOT SPORTS also produces and televises 13 live Portland Timbers MLS regular season matches, again, very few of which were available anyplace else.


Will the recent ownership change of BendBroadband affect the carriage of ROOT SPORTS?

The acquisition of BendBroadband by TDS Telecom is expected fall of 2014. At the moment, the current carriage situation remains the same. We hope TDS Telecom is interested in re-launching ROOT SPORTS to the loyal sports fans of Bend. Feel free to call BendBroadband and ask them to bring back ROOT SPORTS at 1-800-859-ROOT(7668).