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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

MLB to blame for Seattle fire sale

Ah, yes. Exactly what the American League needed: Another team that isn’t going to be competitive.

It’s a shame to see the Mariners hitting the self-destruct button.

Seattle’s fire sale has sent Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets, James Paxton to the Yankees, Alex Colome to the White Sox, Mike Zunino to the Rays, and now, Jean Segura to the Phillies.

Talk about a total teardown. In a little over a month, they’ve gone from an 89-win team to one that looks like the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.

On the one hand, I get why so many teams are trying this approach. On the other, it’s hard not to cynically note that a lot of the people who shout about the glories of this sort of thing follow teams that don’t have to do it, and that, by cutting the number of competitive teams, this helps certain high-spending teams that MLB might want to have win the World Series more often than, say, the Royals.

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 121 comment(s)
  Beats: fire sale, mariners, mlb, the process

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Why MLB buying Fox regional sports networks would make sense

Ever since Disney got provisional approval in June from the U.S. Department of Justice to acquire most of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for $71.3 billion, the fate of 22 regional sports networks has been up in the air.

The DOJ told Disney it could not keep the RSNs, and would have to sell them off within 90 days of the Disney-Fox deal closing. That restriction launched a parlor game for sports media folks: Who will buy the RSNs?

Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Discovery all looked like potential bidders. There were also reports that Fox could end up buying them back. Then, last week, CNBC reported that Amazon was bidding in the first round, along with less surprising names including Sinclair, Apollo Global Management, Blackstone, and KKR.

A discussion of the competition for control of Fox’s regional sports networks.

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: fox sports, mlb, regional sports networks, television

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

MLB officially gets into the gambling business and now thinks its slow pace is a selling point

The biggest revelation in baseball Tuesday wasn’t that Major League Baseball was partnering with MGM to officially get into the gambling business — that was only a matter of time since the Supreme Court decision in May that opened the doors to legalize sports betting.

The biggest revelation in baseball came during the announcement of the MLB-MGM deal and it was this: Pace-of-play isn’t that bad after all.

Yes, you read that right. Baseball’s slow pace is being propped up as a good thing after years of hearing about how it’s ruining baseball and years of developing new rules aimed at fixing it. It goes to show, when sports gambling becomes legal, anything can change.

It isn’t every day when MLB runs with two different bad ideas at the same time….

QLE Posted: November 28, 2018 at 06:13 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, mgm, mlb, pace of play

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ben Zobrist, start designing your customized cleats. MLB grants players more shoe freedom.

ATLANTA—Baseball’s shoe police can go home.

Major League Baseball and its owners approved an amendment to the basic agreement that finally loosens restrictions on the design and colors of players’ footwear in games.

Players, such as Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs and Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians, were furious last season that they were being warned and fined by Major League Baseball if their footwear did not adhere to league-mandated rules.

Beats actually doing something about the pace of play, I guess….

QLE Posted: November 15, 2018 at 11:40 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, footwear, mike clevinger, mlb

 

 

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