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May 14, 2012
New CBA, Fans Sue MLB, Jerry McMorris Dies, and Other Picture Postcards
It’s not exactly the beginning of the season, but we’re not yet approaching the All-Star break either. It’s that time of year when the league and its clubs are beginning to settle in on the business of matters. There are times when one topic per week simply won’t do, and this is one of those times. Here are capsules on a number of things going on in baseball outside the lines.
The Latest CBA Will Be Going Public… Really
So have MLB and the MLBPA decided to hold back on releasing the final version to the public? Not so, says the league. When asked about it at the Sports Lawyers Association Conference last week, MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner said the sides are trying to get the CBA and the Joint Drug Agreement released to the public within the next month. What’s been the delay? According to those that have seen a printed version, it’s a voluminous document, especially when you consider that it has the drug agreement and many other attachments. Also, as one source said, “There’s been a lot going on”—likely a reference to the Braun case and the sale of the Dodgers.
Former Rockies Owner Jerry McMorris Passes Away
After purchasing the controlling interest in the Rockies and officially bringing the club to Mile High City in 1992, McMorris became the Rockies’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He held the position until October 2001, when Keli McGregor took over the positions. McMorris passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 71 last week. Commissioner Selig said in a statement, “I am very saddened by the loss of my friend Jerry McMorris, whose efforts were integral to bringing Major League Baseball to Colorado in 1993. Under Jerry’s leadership, the Rockies attracted more than three million fans in each of the club’s first nine years and became a first-class franchise in a wonderful ballpark. Jerry quickly established himself as a leader within our industry, playing a key role on a number of our committees and serving not only the Rockies franchise but all of Major League Baseball very well. On behalf of Jerry’s many friends throughout the game, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife Mary and his entire family.”
Rain On My Parade? Not Compared to Last Season
So how have the weather gods been this year? After getting off to a very dry start, the rain has picked recently and, with it, there have been 10 rainouts across the league. Still, before May 13, 2011, there had been a total of 22 cancellations due to weather. And before you ask, it’s not because the Marlins now have a roof; out of all the pre-May 13 rainouts last season, the Marlins accounted for exactly zero of them.
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Maury Brown is an author of Baseball Prospectus.
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So what will ever get the MLB to update their blackout policies, esp. the ridiculous territory claims that prevent viewers from watching teams on mlb.tv and Extra Innings even though they are hundreds of miles away from the studium?
May 14, 2012 11:47 AM
I'm blacked out from Houston, Texas, KC, STL. (Dallas, TX is the closest at 319 miles.) I live in Little Rock, Arkansas. All of those teams have AA affiliates in the Texas League which has a team (LAA) here. I hate that I can't watch the teams whose players I spend the majority of a summer watching play here. What kind of system is it where the interest in those MLB teams is fostered by their minor leaguers playing here but then the end product (MLB talent) is blacked out for me? It's asinine for me not to be able to see those games.
May 14, 2012 12:20 PM
I'm afraid the only way to get MLB to change the blackout rules may be...... money. As long as fans continue to buy the Extra Innings package as is, then the MLB owners have no real motivation to change it. Fans have been complaining about the blackout rules for years now, and where have those complaints gone? Nowhere.
May 14, 2012 13:09 PM
I wonder how much income MLB gets from MLb.tv and extra innings. If I thought a boycott would force change I would gladly do without those packages for a season or two
May 14, 2012 14:21 PM
It's substantial, especially when the deal was when it was up for renewal that EI would be carried only by DirecTV. Cable operators pitched a fit as did consumers. The sly workaround was for MLB to say, "Fine, but you need to also carry MLB Network on the basic tier or close it. They all howled but with DISH the exception, all the biggies bent. It's a very large reason why MLBN is now deemed to be seen by approx 69 million households.
May 14, 2012 16:20 PM
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In the "Rain On My Parade" section, last sentence "...pre-May 13 sellouts..." should be "...rainouts," right?
Thanks for these updates. It will be interesting to see the CBA.
Yes it should. Corrected :)