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Worth Checking Out: Baseball and Cable

J. Meric

I'm not a fan of the Twin Cities' "City Pages" free newsletter. It's what I call a "taste tabloid," and most cities have them -- free papers which aspire to be guides telling everyone who matters what everyone who matters should think. ("Tabloid" didn't originally refer to cheesy "Space Aliens Ate My Baby" grocery-store checkout-line trash, by-the-way; "tabloid" meant a certain size of publication, something smaller than a traditional newspaper and easily read on a table. Table, hence "tabloid.")

The current "City Pages" has an interesting article worth looking at, here. It's about how cable deals are a major revenue stream for baseball teams, these days. (The online layout is truly terrible; those who have access to the print version are advised to pick it up instead.)

The author, Pete Kotz, didn't exactly bend over backwards doing his research, and he comes across both as a disgruntled fan of small-market teams and a snarky hipster slamming baseball's diminishing appeal when compared to cooler sports. This is pretty standard stuff for taste tabloids (cover your ass, have an opinion which is striking because of your distanced attitude, not the content of your reporting) and why I don't care for those papers as a rule.

Yet this is stuff that every fan of teams like the Twins should pay attention to (and those with links to better articles on the subject, please add them below.) The new cable deals for Texas and the Dodgers do threaten to exacerbate baseball's already dysfunctional gap between haves/have nots, and we can only assume it's a situation which will get bleaker in the immediate future. (For example, when the White Sox sign such a deal.)

I'd be very curious to read what contributors here have to say on the subject . . .

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