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November 27, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Will these gigantic TV deals last the length of their term in baseball? Maybe not, but don’t take up any collections

Read an interesting piece in USS Mariner this morning that looked at the whole regional sports network (RSN) explosion in baseball that is now changing the sport on a daily basis. The post asked a question which I’ve heard coming up more and more frequently as each new RSN deal is announced: what happens when the bubble bursts?

In other words, when cable companies, because of a consumer revolt against bundled charges, stop paying the going RSN rate to show games in order to subsidize the exhorbitant rights fees charged by teams? Or, when there’s a changing of technology away from the current TV model? Or maybe a decision by regulatory bodies to do their jobs and stop allowing for the gouging of TV-watchers who don’t even like or want sports programming?

What happens if all three things take place in coming years? Will the RSN then be able to afford to fulfill their financial obligations to a team, say, 10 years into a 25-year deal?

These are all very good questions, with no easy answers simply because none of us has the crystal ball to predict how the future will unfold. Three years ago, I thought the Flip camera was a great video device. Now, the product is obsolete because smartphone technology blew its video abilities out of the water within a span of 12 months. Today, I can wirelessly live stream stuff from my phone with the type of quality you would get from recorded video on a $700 camera just five years ago.

So, no. I won’t try to tell you where the future of television is going to wind up in 10 years.

For me, though, that’s not the biggest worry if I’m a baseball fan. For me, the worry right now would be that my team get the biggest slice of the RSN pie that it can before it all gets eaten up by the aforementioned possible changes.

Here’s why.


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November 25, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Report: Dodgers nearing TV deal worth between $6 billion and $7 billion over 25 years

Remember all the hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing over all the expensive trades the Dodgers made in the second half of last season. Predictions of how they’d come to regret taking on that plethora of contracts from the Boston Red Sox, including the likes of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford?

Well, guess again.

Word comes down from Nikki Finke of Deadline that the Dodgers are on the verge of signing a new local cable TV deal with Fox said to be work between $6 billion and $7 billion over 25 years.

So, no, the contracts taken on last season aren’t about to slow the Dodgers down any time soon.

At the risk of repeating myself, yet again, welcome to the new world of Major League Baseball.


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