Originally Posted by MikeS21
The problem with an alleged Reds network is that in order to make money, it would be a subscription channel. That will not sit well in a poor economy with a fanbase that currently gets FoxSports Ohio as part of the regular cable package.
This isn't true. The big money in a sports network comes from getting it onto cable/satellite systems as a BASIC channel. Having every cable/satellite subscriber in Reds Country effectively paying, say 75 cents a month, for the channel that carries the Reds is far more lucrative than a channel that has to be marketed as a subscription. This way, the money comes not only from fans, but from the people who subscribe to cable/dish and wouldn't watch a Reds game if it was played in their next-door neighbors' backyard.
Basic cable/dish subscribers are paying ~$4 a month for access to ESPN's channels. They just don't feel it because it isn't itemized on their bill, but it's money that goes back to ESPN in the form of per-subscriber license fees.