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Thursday, April 23, 2020

ESPN – KBO broadcasting deal in jeopardy after ESPN tried to acquire rights for free

Yonhap News is reporting that ESPN’s attempt to acquire broadcasting rights to the KBO League, South Korea’s major baseball league, might be coming up short due to ESPN wanting the rights for free.

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ESPN’s desire to show Korean baseball was understandable given the lack of ongoing American sports, but free broadcasting rights are quite an outlandish request. The KBO has practically all of the leverage in this scenario given that ESPN has the need for content, and the league has that content. It’s unclear where exactly ESPN got the idea that they could somehow show KBO games without having to pay for the right to do so.

Mind you, in certain regards this behavior (such as it is) isn’t a surprise- note how many of the second-tier events on the Worldwide Leader got to them by paying for the airtime.

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2020 at 01:01 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, greed, korean baseball

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Column: When sports returns, a chance to move past greed

Jumping ahead to the most relevant sections of the article:

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is cutting the salary of senior staff by an average of 35% for this year as it becomes increasingly clear any season that might be played — if it is played — will be shorter than anyone wants. MLB had already made a deal with the players’ union to advance $170 million to players in salary for the first 60 days of the season in exchange for players giving up the remainder of their roughly $4 billion in salary if no games are played.

Revenues are going to be down across the board in all sports. There’s no way around it because even if games resume, fans will be slow to return and adjustments will have to be made to lure them back.

That might not be such a bad thing for fans who have to pay $50 to park and $16 for a decent beer after already digging deep to buy tickets for the family. That’s especially true now, with millions of fans out of work and others living paycheck to paycheck, with no money in the budget to go to a ballgame when they resume.

It will be a bad thing for players, who might be shocked to find out that in the real world, salaries can go down just as they once used to always go up.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2020 at 02:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, dollah dollah bills, y'all, greed

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Sources: Red Sox agree to trade Mookie Betts, David Price to Dodgers

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a blockbuster deal that will send former MVP Mookie Betts and left-hander David Price to Los Angeles for a package that includes outfielder Alex Verdugo, sources tell ESPN.

The trade includes a third team, the Minnesota Twins, with the Dodgers sending starter Kenta Maeda to Minnesota, which in turn will ship hard-throwing pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston, sources said, confirming a report by The Athletic.

The deal is pending medical reviews.

With the bidding for Betts heating up between the Dodgers and the National League West rival San Diego Padres in recent days, Boston chose to deal with Los Angeles and improve the team that lost in the division series to the Washington Nationals, the eventual World Series champions.

You know, it isn’t every day that a team with four World Series wins in the last sixteen years abruptly decides to tank for reasons that no one can understand…..

 

 

QLE Posted: February 05, 2020 at 12:24 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, dodgers, dollah dollah bills, y'all, greed, mookie betts, trades, white flag

 

 

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