Archive for January 26th, 2007

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Major League Baseball hates you

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With Spring Training around the corner, it might surprise some out-of-market fans to learn that they will no longer be able to watch their favorite teams on television. From the fat cats that brought you baseball’s Steroid-Era comes the latest in greed and avarice as MLB is on the verge of agreeing to a seven-year, $700 million deal that would eliminate MLB Extra Innings from all cable networks, as well as the Dish network, in favor of an exclusive arrangement with DirecTV. The deal would also make DirecTV the exclusive provider of the 24-hour baseball channel that MLB is launching in 2009.

Currently, DirecTV is available to just 15 million subscribers, or less than one-fifth of cable subscribers. While baseball will receive $30 million more per year under the agreement with DirecTV, Richard Sandomir of The New York Times wonders aloud if it’s worth angering and marginalizing your fan base to make a buck.

The only recourse for jilted fans at this point …

Rangers get prettier

Rangers Rumors & News

Rumblings of a major personnel shakeup have been swirling around the New York Rangers since the New Year. With the team limping into the All-Star break, it seems that changes are finally on their way. On Wednesday, the club placed veteran defenseman Darius Kasparaitis on waivers with the aim of demoting Kaspar to the AHL affiliate Hartford Wolfpack and promoting defensive prospect Dan Girardi. Though Girardi was selected to play in the AHL All-Star game, he’ll be suiting up for the Rangers on Saturday instead.

One could forgive Kasparaitis if he doesn’t feel he’s getting a fair deal here. Unbeknownst to many fans at the time, the hard-hitting defenseman played in the 2006 playoffs despite tears to his shoulder and groin. Both injuries required surgery in the offseason, and as a result, Kasparaitis reported to training camp in sub-par physical condition. The defenseman was stripped of his alternate captain’s ‘A’ by head coach Tom Renney, and in November submitted to a conditioning-stint in Hartford. …

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