It will be interesting to see what becomes of the regional sports TV network. Fox spent a fortune in some markets on baseball -- and how will those rights now turn out to be a big money loser? Regional Fox spent more and more on rights while producing less and less content. So how does that pay off? Maybe that explains the sale. Going forward, it will be interesting to see what happens with local TV rights with the streaming options (Facebook, ESPN-Plus) and such. What does this mean for the Blues? Maybe some day games will be sold on subscription via streaming services.
Have not heard anything on that front.
I would avoid eight-year contracts for those, yes. But would they settle for, say, six-year deals if structured properly (heavy on bonus, light on salary)? Perhaps. At some point teams will quit paying guys deep into their 30s for obvious reasons.
This is another thing I do not know. Obvious there has been a seating reduction, but I don't know how big. The idea is to have fewer low-price seats and more ways to get fans to pay premium. Such is the pro sports business today.
Interesting to see it drag out for so long. Karlsson wants once of this modern high-bonus, low-salary contracts to protect against a lockout. He has the leverage to make that ask from any team getting him, so he holds the cards. And Ottawa can hold out for a big offer, since Erik is so unique. I am really surprised Vegas didn't jump in and end all the intrigue. That team is such a good trade fit.
With Gary Bettman, it's possible. But business is booming and there is no reason to shut down the industry again. Expansion has been a big financial win. The league has a few suffering markets (Arizona, South Florida) that could be fixed with relocation (Houston, Quebec City).
I see youth on the fourth line this year with Brodziak and Upshall gone, Thomas needing to play and Soshnikov on a one-way deal. I could see the team going with one extra forward to create competition for the last lineup spot. Same thing on defense.
For what, an autographed photo?
No, there is no salary cap in baseball.
The Blues aren't failing. They have strong attendance and they have been in the playoff hunt year after year. The time to land a NBA team came and went with Bill Laurie.
They could make a deep run this season. Armstrong definitely moved up the timetable with these moves, without sacrificing potential long-term success.
Sure, given their durable fan base. Laurie controlled the arena, so those are 41 dates he wanted.
I could see the Blues scoring another half-goal a game, pushing up to 3.3 per game or so. They should be better at even strength and much better on the power play.