Bobo's here, back from break, looking for some ballplayers.
I believe so. Both sides have too much to lose. One one hand, players may feel compelled to play their strike card this season since they were going to lose a lot of money anyway. But refusing to play this season would add more damage to the game, making more payroll cuts for 2021 likely. Also, it would make it tougher to walk after the current collective bargaining agreement in 2022. Would players want to forgo their salary twice in a three-year span? The players certainly need to achieve some improvements in the next CBA, but how far are they willing to go to get them?
That could happen. Also, some teams could play through the full season and some teams could come and go. We've seen hurricanes and other events cause cancellations and this virus could have that impact too, but on a massive scale. Circumstances have varied from place to place throughout this crisis and I would expect that to continue. Some areas will get hit harder than others. Some areas may get off light. And remember that conferences cut their own TV deals, settling national parameters is impossible.
I know the Cubs already pledged to hold the line on season ticket prices in 2021. I am not sure what the Cardinals plan to do. My guess is that attendance will suffer next season due to the lingering impact of the virus -- and that will force discounting here and elsewhere. There will be some pent-up demand for tickets, true, but there will also some fan relucance due to health concerns or loss of income.
It's never a good look when billionaires and millionaires can't figure out how to resolve their issues. Both groups are disconnected from the real world in many ways. Baseball has enjoyed labor peace for a long time, but tension between the owners and players has been buildinig the past few years.
No, that does not appear to be a realistic objective at this time. That would open up a host of issues, such as transporting large groups from city to city and creating exponentially greater risk of exposure to the virus. The NHL is taking extreme measures to minimize the risk of infection.
Both the NHL and MLB realize that regional TV carriers need to get games to satisfy their contracts and to collect revenue. Most of the regular season baseball games would be on the regional networks as would some of the NHL postseason games -- such as the play-in round and the round-robin games between the top four seeds on each side. As the NHL playoffs get deeper, then the national TV contract needs to be satisfied. And MLB really needs postseason games, because that 's where the bulk of their national TV comes from.
Sports will suffer some retrenchment due to the years-long economic damage, that's for sure. But TV ratings have remained strong over the years, so I believe the revenues will remain strong on the broadcast side. Fans are craving live sports of any kind right now, so consumer tastes aren't going to change drastically. I expect that most of the streaming services will have to keep cutting deals with the national and regional networks to carry games and satisfy their subsribers. We will have so many different ways to see the games, but ultimately I do expect the big sports leagues to keep raking in big coinage with their rights.
MLB has been hoping to play in home parks. Players balked about moving to bubble locations like Arizona and Florida for multiple months of baseball apart from their home and family.
I don't what criteria the NHL used to pick the hub cities. St. Louis has a great multi-rink practice facility now, along with an upgraded arena and the world-class medical facilities you mentioned. We have improved our hotel scenario over the years, but apparently that was a factor that worked against this market.
All the sports leagues will take a big hit due to the pandemic. The country is looking at a 3- to 5-year economic recovery from this crisis. I do think the fans will come back in time, as they did after earlier work stoppages, but the health and economic concerns fans share could force the sports leagues to work extra hard to rebuild.
Didn't read it, but I agree with his premise. I really liked what BenFred wrote in the P-D about this topic. People are dealing with a lot these days, they don't enjoy watching billionaires squabble with millionaires.
It's the NBA by every metric -- and it's not especially close. The NHL has come a long way, but it remains a distant fourth behind the Big 3 in rating, revenues and the like. NASCAR has slipped as well, but that's a whole other story.