Re: S. Drew has Permanent Ankle Structural Damage
posted at 1/3/2013 5:26 PM EST
Tom, how come you ignored revenues from their TV and radio networks? Isn't that a significant portion of revenues.
The 2010 saw a 30% drop in viewers on NESN from 2009, following a sweep out of the playoffs by the Angels and a relative lack of star power after the team had jettisoned Manny Ramirez to Los Angeles. Ratings rebounded strongly in 2011 after a big winter landed Adrian Gonzalez and Crawford. But a historic September collapse, an off-season of controversy over a chicken and beer clubhouse culture, the departures of both the GM and manager, and now a rocky start to 2012, Red Sox Nation could easily start getting bored again. If NESN ratings drop this year, and remain lower for any significant period of time, the corresponding drop in ad revenue would directly affect the Red Sox, who own 80% of the network.
That pressure to keep the RSN ratings up is what complicates rebuilding. Cherington might prefer to trade the highly paid 30-somethings or let them walk as free agents over the next couple of winters, and build his own club. But in this era of RSNs and expensive tickets for big market clubs, rebuilding is a dirty word. Red Sox have a disincentive not to invest in the team every year, says Carter.
We have seen the minefield that comes with the (try to win every year approach) It has backfired on the Mets and it is now creeping up on the Phillies. The Yankees have made plenty of bad spending calls, too, but their bottomless payroll has allowed them to paper over the mistakes. Cherington can do it, but he hass got little room for error. Spend wisely, the bonanza continues. Spend poorly, youÂÂÂll be spinning your wheels for years.
My fear is LL has followed the Mets path and troubles will ensue. I have faith that the fans would have embraced a youth movement, and the lower payroll would more than offset any advertising drop. Even if Henry lost a bit of profit for two years or so, he will make hundreds of millions when he sells.
Did you cherry pick the Cubs as an exception? How about some other examples to prove your argument?
No other club comes close to being as similar to the Sox as the Cubs.
Take a chill pill, Tom. Stop being so combative and seeking conflict. You are letting your forum ego take away from your enjoyment.
I am sorry I find your posts (80 / day can't be healthy) so annoying, I used to have you on ignore. I vacilate between worrying about your mental health and finding your attempts to moderate irritating. This forum is part of a BUSINESS. All the rules are designed to maintain traffic, the content (Red Sox) is immaterial to the owners and should be to you too. I have checked out many others and none get anywhere near the amount of posts this one does. Offer for you, if you only post about baseball (not other posters). I will never criticize one of your posts again. Have a nice night.