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12-11-2013 12:55 PM #1
No matter what happens..the cost of sports will hit the fan hard....
Even if the Orioles DONT use their 24-25 million annually(next 5 years)
for "new" free agent upgrades, rest assured the cost of skyrocketing baseball
salaries will hit the average fan hard.I dont even attend Laker games anymore, in
Los Angeles the ticket prices are prohibitively high and the Lakers TV cable package
is starting to look expensive if you dont watch every game.You have to choose
between LA teams to get the package.All teams are represented by different cable
outlets..Time Warner for the Dodgers and Lakers are SEPARATE deals with SEPARATE
I know the Orioles are already raising ticket prices and so far you can get a game or
two at a reasonable price. But when they start with the "premium" ticket surcharge
and raise the cable deals between the NBA, NFL, MLB, and other sports, you will see
that these absurd contracts will be effectively billed to the fan. We already see
absurd ticket prices in NY and LAand Chicago, and while spectator sports access is
not a constitutional right, its going to be a sad day when people have to make
decisions between taking care of their family and going to a baseball game. The
day is quickly coming where the live stadium event is nothing more than a TV
studio for the affluent and home viewing will be costly and a affront to a fan who
loves multiple sports. Its not fair or equitable but its time has come..One last thing. When people say, "the money is there" when talking
about the payroll for sports teams they are correct.Baseball and the NFL are rolling in billions of dollars. But make no mistake. Thuse
billions of dollars is momey paid for by the fans...and they may not be coming back year after year if the cost is too high.
Last edited by Roy Firestone; 12-11-2013 at 12:59 PM.
12-11-2013 01:00 PM #2
Going to the park these days for me is like a full fledged vacation. First have to sit in traffic for hours. One time I left DC on Saturday around 11am and I didn't get to Baltimore until 7pm. It was a 7 hour drive with traffic.
Then you have to buy tickets, beer, food, and by the time the game is over nobody feels like driving back to Virginia. So it's either walk to the Hilton or find another cheap hotel.
By the end of the night I am out over 500 bucks. I need a new career.
12-11-2013 01:06 PM #3
To offer a contrary opinion. The sports bubble is about to burst.
The sports market is like anything else, it works on supply and demand and slowly, but surely, the demand is being met and the market saturated.
The next big thing will be streaming, the first team - the first RSN to get the rights to have subscription over-the-net live broadcasts of games, that is it the TV bubble will pop with the force of a sun. When that thing happens, and we see people flooding away from cable TV those revenues will dry up and salaries will go with it.
12-11-2013 01:06 PM #4
12-11-2013 01:07 PM #5
Pretty crazy that you have to pay extra to watch your local teams. I don't know exactly the way my FiOS bill is structured, but I don't remember having to buy an additional package to get MASN for the O's or CSN for the Caps. I don't watch the Wizards, and the Redskins are on Fox each week for free. Virginia Tech games are either on My DC 20 or ESPN3, which is free on my Apple TV as a FiOS subscriber.
My biggest hit are 49ers games. Luckily for me, they've been good for the last three years, and have worked their way into a lot of nationally-televised "Game of the Week" broadcasts, or prime time games (which, by the way, the NFL has done a great job of expanding to featuring SIX teams a week in primetime!!). I have never had DirecTV, so I've never had to pay for Sunday Ticket, but every now and then, I have to scoot over to my local Glory Days to catch a 49ers game that's not on in my area.
So to summarize, I can see how some markets might start making it more costly for the average fan, but the Baltimore/Washington market seems to be pretty good to casual sports fans at the moment. If anything, it's the (rampantly) rising costs of home TV/Internet/Phone packages that are turning people away. Lots of people I know now are dropping their TV and home phone for just high-speed internet to stream their favorite programming. Not me... I thoroughly enjoy giving Verizon $400/mo.
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12-11-2013 01:14 PM #9
I'll take the harbor please.
12-11-2013 01:19 PM #10
hard to find a decent hotel rate at the harbor..can't help there... but the train is def a good route to take as well. I used it every day for 2 years to commute from Balt / DC
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12-11-2013 01:27 PM #12
I haven't paid money to go to an Orioles game in ages. I've been fortunate to get a hook up here and there but the distance combined with the fact that it's just a hassle isn't really worth it for me.
I'm cool with my Samsung HD.
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