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2024 Season | Series #7 | A's @ Guardians | April 19-21, 2024

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Just thinking yesterday that TV issue is not going to be settled for a while. Diamond isn't doing a long-term deal with us. And, if this year-by-year issue TV contract is what will stop us from signing guys long-term, it will just continue. For the $5-$8 million that we lost from supposedly going to $60 million to maybe settling for low $50 millions ... that $5-$8 million only hits us via the 52/48 split in revenue sharing (so $2.5 to $4 million -- maybe $5-6 million). Heck, the MLB Draft lottery affected us just as much (with $$$ to sign 1-1 guy).

The only possible saving grace would be an Amazon scooping in and buying our future streaming rights which isn't a short-term issue anyways as MLB wants to steer that growth potential like it did with Padres (won't let us do that and sabotage their long-term plans). Thus, as FO has no idea what MLB will offer or what the market will give (if MLB gives % of revenue gained from their platform), it will not be settled anytime soon (may have to go a year or two into MLB game plan to see what it provides - what we consumers are willing to pay). It is not like Diamond is giving us a long-term deal anytime soon when it was about to drop us (and people continue to drop cable even without streaming service to go to).
Streaming rights are a HUGE get for a service provider.. Baseball offers relatively low production costs for 3 1/2 to 4 hour blocks of time has only a "boredom/switching" risk. There are scads of local and national ad sales that go with the prestige of being the owner of the rights to broadcast to millions of fans.. Win - win... provided the cost to those rights are controllable.. therein lies the rub..
 
Streaming rights are a HUGE get for a service provider.. Baseball offers relatively low production costs for 3 1/2 to 4 hour blocks of time has only a "boredom/switching" risk. There are scads of local and national ad sales that go with the prestige of being the owner of the rights to broadcast to millions of fans.. Win - win... provided the cost to those rights are controllable.. therein lies the rub..
Yeah … and being first few on Diamond chopping block (Padres first), means we have to wait as a pawn in a bigger controlable play from mlb when it has enough leverage to maximize revenue of streaming for more teams - which means uncertainty on our future revenue.
 
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