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https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2018/02/26/Media/Sports-media-sidebar-1.aspx In a shocking turn of developments that has the "MASN profits deniers" scratching their heads in disbelief, the Rays just signed a massive RSN deal that will pay them in excess of 50m next year, escalating to 82m A SEASON by the time the deal ends in 2033. Now how in the world can a lowly market like Tampa freaking Bay get that? The math doesn't quite add up when you hear the claims of certain O's fans/posters about this and that just making excuses all day long. Now one can only imagine if the RAYS are worth that much money in rights fees every year, just how much 100% of the Orioles....PLUS 70ish% of the Nationals is worth being the ridiculous combined market it is between the Nats and O's. Actually, if you add these numbers up, between DC and Baltimore it was the 2nd largest market averaging an 8.54 share per game. And Pete is getting roughly 90% of all that combined in TV revenue give or take. https://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2017/10/10/here-are-the-2017-mlb-prime-time-television-ratings-for-each-team/2/#22b8141a63cc The Rays TV market ranked 18th overall last season. The Orioles ranked 5th. The Nationals ranked 12th. Anyone want to do some back of the napkin math on that? Yeah. The next time anyone says that the Orioles "can't afford" something because they are a "mid market" franchise", or that a Machado contract would "cripple the franchise" just let those numbers sink in for a minute. The amount of money Angelos has been making from MASN for the last 11 years has to be mind boggling when you add it all up. Not just one market....but an entire other one too taking about 3/4 of their TV money! Yet every offseason we hear how poor we are, how "well attendance is down so we need to pull the payroll back a little bit". It is all rubbish. MASN is a cash cow and probably has been since the day it was started. Every single excuse in the book has been used, remember this is the team who just can't "afford" to give a pitcher more than 3 years or 55m dollars. A team that has to dive in the dumpsters at opposing ballparks for pitchers that have been cast off and are cheap, low risk (low reward) players. The team that sells you this ridiculous bill of goods pretty much every offseason about how "tight" things are. If this doesn't finally wake everyone up and make you feel sick I don't know what will. Tell me again how they just can't sustain payroll X Y or Z. Tell me again how "Angelos isn't as rich as the other owners who are using money out of their own pocket". We've heard it all. You think that family is not taking on any large contracts because they want to sell this cash cow? Hahaha not a CHANCE. They will die with this franchise. They are just trying to suck every last penny out of it in any way possible before everyone realizes what has been going on. As the MASN lawsuit continues on, and more and more public details are released from other teams they know they won't be able to keep up the charade much longer, so might as well hoard as much as they can before the truth starts to come out. It finally is. The funny thing is I'm sure there will still be fans buying what they are selling despite the mountain of evidence piling up suggesting what is really going on. We as fans are being robbed blind. Remember Pete always wins. No matter what the situation, he always wins. He is smarter than pretty much everyone else and he knows it.
A while back, I talked a little bit about some baseball research I was doing on free agent contracts. I finally finished my paper, so if you're interested, you can get a copy here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21143372/Ryan%20Faus%202011%20An%20Analysis%20of%20Wage%20Institutions%20in%20Major%20League%20Baseball.pdf. If you'd like to check out and play around with an Excel database of about 600 contracts from 2005-2010, here's my file: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21143372/baseball%20contract%20worksheet%20%28Autosaved%29.xlsx. If you have any thoughts, questions, or criticism, I'd love to hear it.