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The Seattle Mariners already purchased one of the largest televisions in the world and are owned by a company best known for creating some of the most popular video games in history. Why not complete the entertainment trifecta and buy up the company which current owns the team’s broadcasting rights?
The good people at Seattle Mariners Inc are going to do just that, as reports indicate the Mariners ownership group will buy a controlling interest in ROOT Sports, the regional sports network that broadcasts the Mariners and partner with DirectTV to create a new regional sports network partnership. The Mariners deal with ROOT features an opt out clause after the 2015, at which point the new DirecTV partnership will take over, one can only assume.
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One of the new wrinkles in the latest baseball Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the international spending of all teams to a hard cap. Should any team exceed that cap, they are subject to harsh penalties, paying dollar-for-dollar once they surpass the cap by 15 percent.
Even more eye-opening/galling, teams that blow through the cap may not sign an international free agent to a deal worth more than $250000 during the following year. Crazy.
Even more crazy? The first team to subject itself to Bud’s penalties is none other than the Tampa Bay Rays, champions of the frugal arts.
Ben Badler of Baseball America details how the Rays threw money at each and every Latin teenager they came across this year, leaving the international spending cap in the dust and opening themselves to the full punishment of the law.
With all the splendor and wonderment of a 9am press release, the wealthy people who own…everything announced the Dodgers new TV venture officially has a name: Sportsnet LA. Hardball Talk has all the DYNAMIC verbiage associated with just such a press release but basically the cash officially starts flowing in 2014.
While it is easy to agree with the sentiments voiced by Pirates fans and their ilk, this is the same system the Yankees have operated under for going on 20 years and baseball survives. There is a nefarious side to the deal, as the Lackey points to in an earlier tweet.
The New York Mets remain in financial trouble. They are not, however, giving up hope forever. They are still the Mets and they still play in or around New York. They will have money, one day.
Right now, the Mets are short on three things: cash, viable Major League outfielders, and hope for the future. The Mets would like to acquire some outfield help, something which is sure to come at the expense of at least one, and possibly both, of their other areas of need.
Michael Bourn is an outfielder. He would surely love to come and play for the New York Mets under promise of considerable sums of money. Because of a quirk in the most recent CBA, if the Mets make a move for Bourn, it will cost them both money and draft-pick shaped hope.
This whole time, you and I and Magic Johnson were all acting as though the Dodgers new TV deal, the one which affixed a Moet-and-platinum spewing geyser to the outside of Chavez Ravine, was a done deal. Except it was not a done deal – until now. Probably.