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Diamond Sports, the parent company of Bally Sports North, has reportedly reached a one-year agreement to stay on Comcast and DirecTV. But NBA and NHL teams might have to take a pay cut on their contracts.
The Vikings are putting the ball on the ground, and losing it, at an alarming rate this season. It's a big problem that tends to compound itself until it's fixed.
In four consecutive years, the Twins bolstered their starting rotation with trades. Some were unpopular or risky, all give the Twins a chance to win next week and break their 19-year postseason losing streak.
Key markers are coming up as Diamond Sports attempts to remain a key player in regional sports broadcasts. Two are this week, and they could affect whether the Wolves and Wild stay on BSN.
Communication bogged down late between Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and head coach Kevin O'Connell in the loss to the Chargers. A play earlier in the second half provided a bookend for a frustrating day.
Byron Buxton hasn't played for the Twins since Aug. 1 and was shut down with the Class AAA Saints on Sept. 1. But he was back in the DH spot Thursday in St. Paul. His playoff status, though, is still in doubt.
In a season defined more by role players than stars, let's pause to appreciate the Twins' depth and lesser-known players who have fueled their success.
Starting 0-2 is a tough hole out of which to climb. Starting 0-3 by losing to the Chargers? That could alter the direction of the franchise for years to come.
The resumption of an annual trip meant a lot, helping build a bridge from the past to the present. And seeing a couple former Twins in a minor-league game reinforced why it's always good to keep moving forward.
A history of flailing against the Eagles has defined multiple Vikings tenures, even as the way we have watched it unfold continues to change.