“With Rogers the only game in Canada when it comes to Blue Jays rights – no other Canadian broadcaster has demonstrated the capacity or will to show up to 162 games a year – it’s unlikely a billion-dollar broadcasting deal will materialize any time soon,” writes Steve Ladurantaye of the Globe and Mail in a piece on the Dodgers, Jays and rights fees for sports in a slowly dying medium. “That leaves Rogers in the enviable position of paying a reasonable fee to lock up its broadcasts (Major League Baseball ensures owners who also own broadcasting assets don’t ridiculously underbid for their own rights), while reaping the benefits of owning what it hopes will be a winning franchise.” Hopefully that’s incentive enough to keep it a winning franchise, though I’m not sure why it took more than a decade of ownership to figure such a strategy out.
Via Larry Brown Sports, it turns out Ian Desmond is (jokingly) less than impressed with new Jay Mark DeRosa…
— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) January 22, 2013
Seriously, Twitter? No more “centred” option with embedded tweets? Ugh.
Sticking with the DeRosa deal, Pirates blog Bucs Dugout makes a case for Pittsburgh going after Sam “Best Stuff In The Organization” Dyson, who’ll only cost a team a 40-man spot, and isn’t a nothing prospect.
Fingers crossed that we’ll see another email from the Jays this week about an introductory media conference. Because lord knows there’s seriously nothing else going on right now.
The Tao of Stieb is OK with the Mark DeRosa signing, because meh.
Something called Baseball News Source lists their top 10 prospects for the Jays. Sure, why not?
I’m a little late to this, but on Facebook, a site called Peanut Free Baseball passes along the fact that the Jays have doubled the number of games in which they’ll have peanut free sections in 2013 to six in total– one per month. Good on them.
Via the always excellent Baseball Think Factory, we see that one of those We The People petitions has been setup asking the Obama administration to force Jeffrey Loria to sell the Miami Marlins. Uh… good luck with that.
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