Sinclair Broadcast Group And Chicago Cubs Create Regional Sports Network

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  1. b4pjoe

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    Depends how much you are willing to pay for it.
     
  3. JoeTheDragon

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    RSN fee $12-$15 next year. Also Dish or Directv will have this as they can't really go with no locals and maybe even no FSN soon.

    The only pull the directv has to say if you give use an lower rate then we will not give the mark of beast channel
     
  4. slice1900

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    Wow all their home games will move to this? No ESPN or network broadcasts? It will be interesting to see what they think they can get away with charging. I wouldn't worry about a $12-$15 RSN fee, no one was willing to pay $5/month for the Dodgers Channel, they sure aren't going to pay more than that for the Cubs channel.

    The Cubs have much more of a national following than the Dodgers, so if they're smart they'll shoot for national coverage on Directv. Getting all the subscribers who pay for ESPN to pay 75 cents for this will give them a lot more money than soaking the people who live in the Chicago area.

    I'm not sure the idea of holding Sinclair locals hostage to force coverage at a high price would work either, with the LCC coming out Directv is going to have more leverage against that type of shakedown. The arguments networks used to be able to make about how subscriber numbers and revenue are growing every year no longer work when Directv is losing a million subscribers a year.
     
  5. trainman

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    There will still be ESPN and other national broadcasts.
     
  6. James Long

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    Just take some of the money being paid to NBC Sports Chicago and spend it on the new network.
    NBC Sports Chicago is going to lower their prices after losing the Cubs. Right? :D
     
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    If Sinclair doesn't get the FSN stations, it could backfire massively and be worse than the Dodgers channel. At least TWC and now Spectrum own cable systems where they could guarantee carriage for SportsNet LA.

    Sinclair doesn't own any stations in the Chicago DMA where people would be paying the highest inner ring rates for the channel, while the areas where they do have stations within Cubs territory are mostly in outer ring areas. Plus 2020 is an election year, so they could be facing a different makeup at the FCC, FTC and other regulatory bodies if they attempt to withold their local stations nationwide from Comcast and other providers over a RSN that is out of market for the majority of their station's viewers by the time those retrans deals come up for renewal.
     
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  8. JoeTheDragon

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    ALL HOME AND AWAY that are not national broadcasts.
     
  9. JoeTheDragon

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    NBC Sports Chicago will be taking on the wgn bulls / sox / hawks games next year.
     
  10. JoeTheDragon

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    Could Comcast try the local franchise card to get out of tieing the RSN in the main DMA to downstate Sinclair locals?
     
  11. inkahauts

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    I hope no one picks it up and it’s a total disaster. I hope the Dodgers channel folds after the contract ends as well. To many dang sports channels and to high a price for all of them as well. It’s just ridiculous, we do not need four RSNs in Los Angeles. How many would that create in Chicago?
     
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    Hmmm......could they be the first RSN to offer a streaming choice without having to subscribe to cable or satellite?
     
  13. James Long

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    Marquee will be number 2. Three if you count Big 10 Network. NBC Sports Chicago is the current RSN with all the local teams.
     
  14. JoeTheDragon

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    and they will need an plus 3 feed with them falling back to CSN/NBCSN. Will that get Comcast to have +2 and +3 in HD?
     
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    MLB rules may make that hard unless they make it an cable like system say Sinclair owned locals + other locals (under cable rules and the cubs channel at min)

    Also makeing an streaming choice without having to subscribe to cable or satellite will really push systems to make it an premium channel as they can say let us offer it as add on or we don't need have it (unless they play the streaming choice is not for BUSINESS).
     
  16. James Long

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    Sinclair does not have stations in the Chicago market. They do have locals downstate and in Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana (South Bend).

    I agree that in market streaming without a cable/satellite subscription would undercut any deals made with cable/satellite companies.
     
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    Chicago Fire as of last year is no longer on NBC Sports Chicago as they moved to being on ESPN+ exclusively in their area.
     
  18. James Long

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    I meant real sports. :D
     
  19. AngryManMLS

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    I'm going to disagree with you on that. :)
     
  20. slice1900

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    Sports that have billions at stake have different needs than sports that make little money and are more concerned about getting more fans.
     

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