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The risk to the approach suggested in post #2 is the pro boxing model. As more and more events migrated to PPV,certain participants were able to make lots of money, but the fan base became narrower and narrower, until boxing has fallen off the sports landscape for most people.
The analogy only goes so far, but I believe MLB management will need to balance maximizing revenue, with having its product available to a reasonably wide cross-section of consumers.
So during the offseason, commissioner Bud Selig asked Steve Greenberg, baseball's TV rainmaker, to explore a possible sale of the Nats' rights. Greenberg's involvement all but ensures Fox or Comcast will end up with them and Angelos will be warmly compensated for his consideration.
Thanks to MLB.tv though MLB is better set up for a crash of cable than other sports.
Do all the other sports rely on a contractor/service for their streaming?
This is what I don't get about the Phils' ownership. They're about to negotiate a monstrous TV deal. Wouldn't it make sense to put the best product possible on the field while those negotiations are happening? Instead, they've treated the luxury-tax threshold as a hard salary cap, foregoing the big-ticket free agents in favor of rummaging through the clearance bin.
What makes you think they haven't been trying to put out the best product? It seems to me they've just done an awful job of it.
You're assuming RAJ would spend the extra money wisely.
And BTW, can someone tell me why the name "NHL Game Centre" has been americanized to "NHL Game Center"?
Atlanta Braves wish they had utilized during the sale that stuck them with the worst TV contract in baseball. It is not the lowest – that may belong to Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City or Pittsburgh, the game's small-market brethren – but it is the least commensurate with market size and reach.
More importantly, doing so would tell Comcast and Fox that the franchise will do whatever it takes to put a top-quality (i.e., marketable) product on the field.
....Instead, they've treated the luxury-tax threshold as a hard salary cap, foregoing the big-ticket free agents in favor of rummaging through the clearance bin.
?? They have four $20 million players, plus big contracts for Rollins, Papelbon, and Utley.
The Phils aren't treating the lux tax as a "hard salary cap",
The NHL uses a very similar system: NHL Game Center.
Remember in the 90s when the Phillies were considered "mid-sized market"? They couldn't even afford the draft bonus for JD Drew!
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lots of fans don't watch games live, they follow a yahoo box score or something. what if this method of fandom becomes dominant a generation from now?
if a market loses all TV coverage
are we gonna see contraction?
Luxury tax or not, I don't think someone negotitating with the Phillies and see that they have a top-5 payroll and therefore think they are cheapskates who will be putting out a bad product.
The Phillies have an opportunity to go all-streaming right now. Their contract is up. If they can make more money charging for MLB.tv subscriptions with an additional in-market subscription to watch Phillies games locally they'll do that.
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