Rays hope FOX, Spectrum can reach deal

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays tweeted the following statement regarding the situation between FOX Sports and Spectrum trying to reach an agreement:

"We are aware that Spectrum [formerly known as Brighthouse] and FOX Sports are in discussions to continue their agreement to broadcast Rays Baseball. We have urged both parties to reach a speedy conclusion to these discussions so that fans subscribing to Spectrum can continue to enjoy Rays baseball games and other Rays programming."

If a deal is not reached between FOX and Spectrum by 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday night (2:59 a.m. ET on Saturday), Spectrum will no longer be carrying Rays baseball games.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.