Cord cutters are going to streaming services, including many that carry the regional sports networks. I believe the quality of play (or lack thereof) is a bigger issue for baseball than access to the games via cable, antennae or the interwebs. The NFL is scattering its games to various non-network outlets. The NBA and NHL have done that too. That diversification of game outlets will keep increasing for every sport as leagues maximize their rights dollars.
Raising it actually lessens competitive balance, since it allows big-spending teams to spend even more and, theoretically, dominate teams that spend less. This is the excuse owners use to keep a lower CBT. But as long as teams are allowed to spend as little as they want on talent, THAT is the root of competitive imbalance. The Rays and A's have pulled off winning on a tight budget, but it is very hard to do. Most of the teams operating on the cheap post awful won-loss records.
We saw the pandemic take a toll on attendance. Fans were slow to come back. There is a chance that this needless work stoppage will compound that problem.
OK, I did eat a fruit bowl for lunch. But then I finished off my roll of thin mint cookies. So I'm not ready for that. Sardines in olive oil . . . That's not grabbing me.
That is a great park out there. Great concept, great pricing, family atmosphere -- certainly compared to the Pop's parking lot at 3 a.m. That league draws a lot of really good college players. And with MLB shrinking the minors, the talent pool for independent, college-fueled leagues will only improve.
I am a fan of the women's fast-pitch game after subjecting my daughter to way more select softball than she really wanted to play. But I had fun! Fast-pitch softball is a tactical sport, quick-paced, lots of bang-bang plays.
Come on now, I get to everybody. Roy lives for these chats. Let a little sunshine hit his parade.
The Blues still miss Pietrangelo, despite getting great work from Faulk and Krug. Vegas didn't need to add Petro, given the D-men already in place, but that's not the first time that franchise lunged for a bright, shiny object. Like why add Robin Lehner in goal when you have Marc-Andre Fleury? The Eichel trade made sense, but the preceding moves made it hard to accommodate from the cap perspective. That front office seems more compulsive than strategic.
We'll see, but I'm guessing this social media tiff between Aijha and Sophie Cunningham is not easing the tension. Many college sports teams have gone through this stuff because, well, these are college kids. And most teams come out OK on the other side, one way or another.
The Blues win the football game. I'm guessing Flaherty, Wainwright or any number of other pitchers could be great QBs and Bader and O'Neill could get open all day. But the Blue would dominate both lines and hurt people.
Pat has earned these opportunities by being a great team guy and a load to handle when push comes to shove. Jon Cooper had him in junior hockey and he knew all of this, which helped the Big Rig park down in Tampa for multiple years.
That was insane. So was his game at Kansas State against really good guards. And to think that Norm figured he was getting a really good defensive player when he recruited Smith. His whole senior season was nuts. Willie kicked around pro ball for a while back in the good old days of the CBA, but he could never stick in the NBA for long. He got in 62 games one season with Cleveland, but otherwise he got just cups of coffee.
Yeah, he could have a story to tell. He has seen the inside, the profit-taking. That franchise is terrible. Miami helps the franchise get a fancy new ballpark and then the Marlins to tank multiple seasons. That's a tough market to sell -- a North-South metropolitan area that creates some long drives to the ballpark -- but it still deserves better.
Combination of Class A (young guys in development) with some Triple-A (a mix of faded or second-tier veterans). The Premier League is such a high level, well out of the reach of most of the rising talent in the MLS. But the same could be said for so many pro leagues around the world. The talent at the very top is insane.
The owners were the aggressors here and they were obviously intent on forcing a shutdown to maintain their leverage. As for Scherzer, it's great that he is standing up for his fellow players. But the MLB Players Association should do more to help the middle class of players rather than focusing on helping big-spending teams gain the ability to sign a few more big-ticket free agents.
I don't see the rush to fire a coach that got her team to the NCAA Tournament bubble By current Missouri sports standards, they've had a pretty good season despite the tumult.
Bringing in a Triple-A team to play in a big league ballpark during a lockout . . . yeah, that would not make things better. But I seem to remember the Peoria Rivermen playing in the new Kiel Center when the Blues were still in a work stoppage.
OK, that's it for today. Great job everybody, See you next time!