That story is from back in early October. Since that time the leagues have said they will not be buying the Bally RSN’s.I have been following this. I think that blackouts will finally be ending. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred himself has said “blackouts are frustrating”. I also have been following that MLB may buy the Bally Regional Sports Channels. Blackouts might come to an end this year. Fingers crossed🤞 Link Below. This is all very promising news with MLB season right around the corner.
Major League Baseball is looking to end blackouts by banding together with other sports leagues and forcing the hand of cable companies.detroitsportsnation.com
So you're saying there is a chance?The only reason blackouts will ever go away is because MLB will make an extra 12 cents on the deal.
"Kids and fans" is sports code for "tv money." Same reason NFL games are flexed from 1:00 Sunday afternoon to 8:30 Sunday night in December in Green Bay. It's never about the fans.Rob37, if you believe a single word out of Manfred's mouth.... well, I don't know what to say.
This is the guy who says it's all about the kids and fans, then lets ESPN move a 1:00PM to 7:00PM on a Sunday, when families have bought tickets months in advance.
This is the guy who says it's all about the kids and fans, then lets world series games end near midnight on the east coast.
This is the guy who says it's all about the kids and fans, then lets teams wait 3 hours before postponing a game due to rain.
This is the guy who says it's all about the kids and fans, oh, well...... the defense rests.
The only reason blackouts will ever go away is because MLB will make an extra 12 cents on the deal.
This chart is a couple of years old, but look at the "end" column and the "revenue" column.I think MLB will follow MLS model with Apple by 2030 for RSN Have to plan ahead to aggregate rights but the MLS/Apple deal is awesome for fan All games, one spot, no blackouts anywhere
Blackouts are embedded in the contract between RSNs and the teams. It has to do with local broadcast rights holder making sure they protect the commercials since the same commercials are not on MLB.TV. Streaming of commercials are rarely the same as the broadcast. If you are an advertiser paying for local spots, you would be pissed if a portion of the audience isn't seeing them."Blackouts" are a function of multiple generations of ineptitude in the leadership of MLB. RM is just the most recent occupant of the office who lacks the leadership to get MLB on one page relative to their media rights.
It is not just the commercials. The RSN is being paid a subscription fee for every subscriber. If the most expensive content on their channel (the in market rights for local games) was available without paying the RSN for a subscription, the RSN would lose a considerable amount of their income. Advertising revenue alone does not cover the price the RSN is paying for rights fees. They need the monthly subscription income (preferably for the entire year and especially from non-viewers that are forced to subscribe by their MVPDs) to stay afloat.It has to do with local broadcast rights holder making sure they protect the commercials since the same commercials are not on MLB.TV. Streaming of commercials are rarely the same as the broadcast.