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Offline Natsinpwc

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #25: January 31, 2024, 12:45:10 PM »
I bet there are more people watching MASN on MLB TV out of market than in the DMV.

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #26: January 31, 2024, 12:46:58 PM »
People thought Lerner would be willing to spend too. Baltimore itself cannot support a perennial contender. The question is whether or not ownership is willing to subsidize it- somehow I don't see a group lead by a private equity guy with a hedge fund guy as the largest minority owner willing to spend to compete with large market teams
The Lerners were willing. Then they werent.

With their farm system and front office, the Orioles on the cusp of being what the Braves are. Like, a 120 million dollar payroll makes them heavy WS favorites in the AL.

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #27: January 31, 2024, 01:05:46 PM »
Neither? People from Arlington and Alexandria don't care about a team in Baltimore. Likewise, the Nats are doing everything possible to convince them to not care about a team in Washington either
eh, turning on a TV is not that much of an investment of time. I could see folks turning them on.

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #28: January 31, 2024, 01:21:52 PM »
eh, turning on a TV is not that much of an investment of time. I could see folks turning them on.

It is if you're a cord cutter

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #29: January 31, 2024, 01:23:09 PM »
The Lerners were willing. Then they werent.

With their farm system and front office, the Orioles on the cusp of being what the Braves are. Like, a 120 million dollar payroll makes them heavy WS favorites in the AL.

True, but an $80 million payroll is more profitable

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #30: January 31, 2024, 04:52:20 PM »
Neither? People from Arlington and Alexandria don't care about a team in Baltimore. Likewise, the Nats are doing everything possible to convince them to not care about a team in Washington either

When I lived in Fairfax County there were very few O's fans pre-Nats.  Lots of Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs etc, fan surveys today show the Orioles trailing those franchises for support in DC and NoVA.  The O's could be the '27 Yankees, there's no way to get there for a weeknight game from most of NoVA.

My hope with Rubenstein is he's not an inferior complex Baltimoron like Angelos, who saw the Nats not only as a financial threat, but as some kind of threat to their ego.   Also, as RSNs become decreased sources of revenue, the fact that they have to charge such low prices to bring fans to OPACY is a serious issue.  One reason why I would think they wanted the real estate development clause in the new lease before the sale.   Rubenstein will focus on that, which is worth more to the team than leeching off of DC.

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #31: January 31, 2024, 05:36:32 PM »
I wonder how much that development deal will end up being worth. That area isn’t exactly vibrant and Baltimore is not growing

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #32: January 31, 2024, 06:04:33 PM »
There is some optimism, however faint, that something could happen with the MASN deal because of this sale. In the Washington Post article it states:

"When the Lerner family announced it was exploring a sale of the Nationals in April 2022, Rubenstein emerged as a potential buyer in partnership with Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics."

If Rubenstein and Leonsis have a relationship it's possible they could come to some kind of pre-arranged agreement if Leonsis buys the Nationals.

Also, in the same article:

"Multiple people familiar with Leonsis and the Nationals situation have suggested that Leonsis could be seeking the rights to the Nationals or Orioles to fill out his network’s local sports programming, and a potential sale of the Orioles to Rubenstein could clear the way to a deal — though no one affiliated with either man has indicated that such a deal is imminent."

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #33: January 31, 2024, 07:02:56 PM »
I wonder how much that development deal will end up being worth. That area isn’t exactly vibrant and Baltimore is not growing

And there's not anywhere near the disposable income that DC has. 

Re: sale price, the Lerners can't be happy the O's are going for just $1.7B, because it sets a low comp, and they're kidding themselves hoping for $3B.  The Nats revenue is 20-30% higher according to Forbes due to much higher avg ticket prices than Baltimore, but would be even higher if the Lerners had capitalized on the championship instead of dumping salaries and driving away casual fans.  No way the Nats are worth more than low 2's, and that might be less than the Lerners will take, so this sale could actually keep the Lerners around for awhile unfortunately.

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #34: February 15, 2024, 07:16:47 PM »
Kyle Bradish to miss the start of the season with a UCL sprain

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Re: The Leeches of Baltimore (2024)
« Reply #35: February 16, 2024, 01:28:18 PM »
Kyle Bradish to miss the start of the season with a UCL sprain
John Means is still experiencing soreness in his elbow and his throwing program has been delayed. Rough start to 2024 for the O's.