Re: Padres 20 year TV deal $1.2 Billion
This bodes well for both the Reds and Cardinals in coming years. Both should have a massive TV deal well beyond the Padres with the extended reach of both franchises and strong ratings. The Padres reach is very limited beyond San Diego County. It doesn't appear that FS San Diego is even broadcast into the massive Orange county or Riverside markets due to territorial rights of the LA teams, but it does go into Las Vegas (where one would have to assume the Padres are about 6th fiddle on the interest level behind the two LA teams, Giants and even the Cubs and Yankees. "Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim games will not air on Fox Sports San Diego, because of the Padres' exclusive territorial rights"
The Reds need to start their own network pronto in 2016. If the Dodgers + the Angels can gete a combined $300M a year split across a 20M Southern California population base that rarely actually turns on local baseball, why can't the Reds get $100M+ a year on their own network reaching ~15M more passionate baseball fans in Southern and Central Ohio (6-7M), Kentucky (4M), Indianapolis, Ft Wayne and Southern Indiana (4M) and Charleston and Huntington WV (1M).
The only markets of possible competition in that large area where the Reds aren't the clear #1 baseball team of choice are maybe Indianapolis (evenly split with the Cubs, but the Reds draw well on TV in Indy) and Columbus (leans to the Reds, at the worst a 50/50 Reds and Indians town) judging by strong Reds local TV numbers.
Stretching further into Nashville and Knoxville TN (once Reds leaning towns) and into NW Ohio (Tigers and maybe Indians country, but the Reds are the NL team of choice) isn't really much of a reach either.
I say 80-100M a year in regional TV revenue should be the Reds benchmark and goal based on the recent deals in the last 12-18 months? Why not?
Last edited by oregonred; 04-08-2012 at 01:49 AM.