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    Financial Windfall for MLB

    Today's announcement of ESPN's new deal with MLB has started talk of how much new money is on the horizon for MLB teams.

    Now, figure that there will be at least similar and perhaps greater proportional annual bumps for the deals currently held by Fox and TBS. Which are bigger money overall given that they include the playoffs. And thatís assuming that baseball and their would-be network partners donít get creative and add in a new broadcast product of some kind. Figure then, what, $25 million more a year on top of the ESPN bump? $40 million? With numbers going they way theyíre going right now, itís entirely possible. The upshot of all of this means that, without doing a single thing, each major league team is looking at an increased cash payment of, at minimum, $40 million. Probably much more. Just for the national TV rights increase.


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    Re: Financial Windfall for MLB

    It's almost as if a front office that locked player contracts into today's prices, rather than tomorrow's, was well ahead of the game.

    What a year for the front office.

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    And this is why the owners have kept Selig as commissioner for so long

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    Re: Financial Windfall for MLB

    And this is where a good commissioner would use this money to even the playing field between teams.

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    Re: Financial Windfall for MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    And this is where a good commissioner would use this money to even the playing field between teams.
    Well, I think he's doing that since all that money is going to be divided evenly among the teams. The Yankees don't get any more from this deal than the Reds.
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    Re: Financial Windfall for MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    And this is where a good commissioner would use this money to even the playing field between teams.
    Or improve drug testing.
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    Re: Financial Windfall for MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Well, I think he's doing that since all that money is going to be divided evenly among the teams. The Yankees don't get any more from this deal than the Reds.
    Yep. I've been saying this for a few years. The continued emergence of revenue from MLBAM will create an equal playing field as teams are equal partners in the investment. The national contracts will eventually be kept by Major League Baseball primarily, so that money will flow rather evenly as well.

    The local revenues will continue to differ, but as MLB has a greater chunk of revenue distribution, baseball will be very healthy.

    I'd still like some sort of salary threshold, but the need for it is diminishing by the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Well, I think he's doing that since all that money is going to be divided evenly among the teams. The Yankees don't get any more from this deal than the Reds.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: Financial Windfall for MLB

    Haha T-Servo. Well played.

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    That's great Servo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Well, I think he's doing that since all that money is going to be divided evenly among the teams. The Yankees don't get any more from this deal than the Reds.
    Which of course PRESERVES the inequities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
    And this is why the owners have kept Selig as commissioner for so long
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    Which of course PRESERVES the inequities.
    That would be true if the proportion of local revenue were static relative to national revenue, but that's not the case. More and more revenue is coming from national media deals and digital revenue through MLBAM, so it's actually helping to balance the disparity rather than maintain it.
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    Re: Financial Windfall for MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Strikes Out Looking View Post
    A blind squirrel will find a nut once in a while.
    IMO Selig has been fortunate with the boom of technology that he couldn't screw up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    And this is where a good commissioner would use this money to even the playing field between teams.
    I don't see this possibly happening until teams start to fail.
    Teams are selling for historically high prices.
    I just don't see this happening.

    ....
    Yeah...George? We're going to take 3/4 of the value of your team in the best interests of baseball.

    Exactly how do you suppose the back half of that conversation will go?
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