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  1. Kansas City is close by but St. Louis has vast TV territory that stretches into Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Other franchises that have good attendance numbers because of distance are Arizona and Seattle. If a franchise is placed in Portland it will negatively affect Seattle’s ability to compete.
  2. The baskets are used in order to keep fans from reaching into the ivy to catch a potential Home Run. Also, in my latest post regarding the thread The Rays are Leaving and the Marlins are Staying I detail why I’m frustrated with Baseball’s situation in Florida.
  3. It’s not that simple but it speaks to the fact that some of the excuses used by Tampa fans are not valid. Us Marlins fans are willing to put up with all of the same traffic and other hurdles in order to support our team, even if we are frustrated with the product on the field. I also believe that when the Rays move out in the next decade, it will open up many opportunities that the Marlins haven’t had since 1994-1998. I find it to be no coincidence that our most successful years were when there was only one team in the state of Florida. Our TV ratings, merchandise sales, and sponsorship revenue would be much higher if we were the only team in Florida. For Example, markets such as Atlanta (Braves), Boston (Red Sox), and St. Louis (Cardinals) are all able to thrive because they don’t have competition within a 5 hour driving distance. I didn’t mean to saddle the forum with a ton of Rays talk, I just think that the Marlins would be in a much stronger financial position for payroll and therefore success as the only team in the State of Florida.
  4. The point of the topic is pointing out how foolish the National Baseball Media is for bashing the Marlins fanbase which is upset about the current product on the field while Tampa can’t even turn out 10,000 on a weeknight for a team that is going to win 95+ games.
  5. Marlins (Projected 42-48 Win Season) Tuesday, April 30th Attendance (Night): 7,247 Wednesday, May 1st Attendance (Night): 7,262 Rays (Projected 98-104 Win Season) Monday, May 6th Attendance (Night): 8,124 Tuesday, May 7th Attendance (Night): 8,059 The Numbers Tell The Story
  6. Definition of Rebuilding: to repair, especially to dismantle and reassemble with new parts The key that us fans need to keep in mind is the last part (to dismantle and reassemble with new parts). Mr. Jeter needs to obtain the parts necessary to win a championship while completely dismantling the previous roster’s structure. This is what Loria was never able to successfully implement, the team would always be half rebuilt. Rebuilding is far from easy and needs to be done using multiple avenues. The Draft: We should obtain the #1 Pick in both the 2020 and 2021 drafts along with having the #4 Overall Pick in the draft this June. This gives us a strong core that will be club controlled for 6 years. International Scouting: Mr. Jeter has already been very aggressive in obtaining International Bonus Pool Money. This has allowed us to sign the Mesa’s and will allow the organization to obtain more young talent in the future that will also be club controlled for 6 years. Free Agency: This is actually a great time to rebuild because we are waiting out some BAD contracts from the Loria years. By the time we finish the 2020 Season we will have gotten both Chen and Starlin Castro off the books (Combined $33 Million or 45% of current payroll) while also most likely obtaining two #1 Overall Picks. TV Contract: Right now is a bad time to spend and attempt to contend for a title because we are at the end of a HORRIBLE TV Deal that pays only about $20 Million per year. At the end of the negotiation our 2020 TV rights should be worth approximately $70-80 Million. The reason why ratings don’t matter in this case is because 1. The team is bad, for now. 2. The winner of the TV rights gets to broadcast games across the state of Florida which is in a population boom and is now the 3rd Largest State in the U.S. 3. Live Sports is the only programming that is DVR proof. Just think, an extra $50-60 Million per year could sign Bryce Harper plus another free agent. Why Mr. Jeter is a Genius (By The End of the 2020 Season) Two #1 Overall Picks and a #4 Overall Pick plus Compensatory Picks International Pool Money that will allow the club to Sign Impact Players A payroll of only $40 Million that will allow the flexibility to sign multiple free agents since the team will also have Revenue Sharing Money that will have been saved. Let ESPN, MLB Network, and other media outlets laugh at the Marlins while they can. The 2022-2030 seasons will be a different story.
  7. I don’t think he’s being fake as much as he is tired of the pile on of negativity surrounding the organization. He thinks the negativity is unfair to fans who have gone through the last decade of mediocrity followed by tragic loss followed by organizational restructuring. I think Jeter has a specific plan for the team that will lead to sustainable success. That is why I have not criticized him. Loria did not plan for sustainable success. Loria Bad Farm System 27th Overpaying for Stanton without having a good starting rotation after Fernandez Unclear Marketing Message Jeter Much Better Farm System 13th Not overpaying for players except for ones that are stuck on books from Loria Era (Chen etc.) Clear Marketing Message with an improved ballpark
  8. Building a dome and counting on a MLB team is BAD public policy. According to Wikipedia, The stadium was finished in 1990. It hosted the 1990 Davis Cup Finals that autumn, as well as several rock concerts, The Suncoast Dome finally got a regular tenant in 1991, when the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm made their debut. Two years later, the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning made the stadium their home for three seasons. In the process, the Suncoast Dome was renamed the ThunderDome. Because of the large capacity of what was basically a park built for baseball, several NHL and AFL attendance records were set during the Lightning and Storm's tenures there. They weren’t “gambling” on having an MLB team.
  9. Tropicana Field does have a scoreboard but it is one of those 90’s style lightbulb scoreboards, not a large high definition screen that displays information. Their concourse is not nearly as open as the one in Marlins Park. St. Petersburg didn’t “gamble” on having baseball when they built Tropicana Field. The city built the Suncoast Dome in 1990 to host conventions, CFB bowl games and events such as Monster Jam. It just so happened to be that MLB came in 1998. The dome was cheaply built eight years before the Rays came in so the city didn’t “gamble” on baseball at all. By the way, that guy from England who decided to put an MLS team in South Florida is about to change the history of soccer in the state of Florida. He has several important investors and has shown he is ready to commit to winning from Day 1 unlike... Orlando City SC, 4 years as an MLS team, 0 Playoff Appearances in a league where 55% of teams make the playoffs.
  10. The Marlins situation is much different from the Rays situation. The Marlins draw 7,000-9,000 fans for a rebuilding team. The Rays draw 9,000 fans per night with a team that is LEADING the AL East. The only instances in which the Rays draw 10,000 or more fans is if their facing the Yankees or Red Sox. I’ve been to Marlins Park this year and it looks AMAZING, the renovations that we’re completed further enchance the profile of the stadium and provide more interactive areas for fans (specifically younger generations). Tropicana Field is an old concrete dome that has no outdoor view and lacks many modern amenities found in other ballparks (scoreboard, concourses, retractable roof). It looks so bad on TV I’ve never even thought to go to a game there. When the Rays move out of the Bay Area in the Late 2020’s because they can’t secure funding for a new venue or draw more than 10,000 fans against an average MLB team, the value of the Marlins TV rights skyrocket because we would then be the only MLB team that can be viewed on TV in South, Central and North Florida.
  11. According to a news report, Sinclair Broadcasting has agreed to buy the Fox Regional Sports Networks for about $10 Billion. Sinclair owns Stadium which is 24/7 sports network that specializes in highlighting Group of 5 NCAA programs with live events from C-USA, Sun Belt, Mountain West, etc.). Interesting to see if the sale will effect coverage of the Marlins in the long term. FYI: Sinclair will be negotiating the Marlins TV Deal which ends shortly. Also, Sinclair gets all of the Florida Gators multimedia rights including Radio, TV Studio Shows, and other forms of marketing such as signage at facilities. Learfield-IMG College has the Gators radio rights through a subcontract with Fox Sports Regional Networks. The Marlins next TV deal should average $100 Million per year since by 2028 we will be the only team in the 3rd largest state in the U.S. after the Rays move to Montreal/Portland/Las Vegas. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/disney-fox-rsns-sinclair-1203203930/?yptr=yahoo
  12. Fox Sports recently added the Marlins opening day game vs. the Rockies on Fox Sports Go for those in North and Central Florida. Marlins Live! is airing now.
  13. This does apply for the Tampa TV Market (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, etc.) but all other TV markets in North and Central Florida will be blacked out from seeing the game on out-of-market packages (Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando) on both MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv. Tampa gets an exemption from Marlins blackouts because of proximity to Tropicana Field.
  14. Opening Day is a huge marketing opportunity for the Marlins including young stars and a updated ballpark. Also, the Marlins TV deal ends after this year. Based on what the Rays got the Marlins should get at least a $100 Million per year TV deal. Marlins have two championships, are committed to Miami, and have an owner that is committed to the long-term. ALSO: If the Rays leave the Marlins will be the only team in the 3rd largest state in the country.
  15. This is even worse than originally thought. The South Florida viewing area will get the Marlins and Rays (on Fox Sports Sun) even though the Heat have a game starting at 7:30 PM tomorrow night. North/Central Florida will only get the Rays even though the Magic game starts only 30 Minutes earlier than the Heat game on Fox Sports Florida. So to Review FS Sun (South Florida Area) 3-4 Rays Live 4-7 Rays vs Astros 7-7:30 Heat Live 7:30-10 Heat Game FS Florida (North/Central Florida Area) 3-4:30 Red Bull Racing 4:30-6:30 Inside The Magic 6:30-7 Magic Live 7-9:30 Magic Game So the Rays get Opening Day viewed in 100% of the state but the Marlins can only get Opening Day viewed in 50% of the state.
  16. They can request it however the Magic will take priority once their pregame show starts at 6:30 which is fine. From 3:00-6:30 they could show Marlins Live and the first 7 innings of the Marlins game instead of Inside the Magic which chronicles an NBA team that has won 0 Championships and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2012.
  17. The way Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports are programmed is very unusual especially for NBA and NHL games. The way it’s broken down is: Miami-Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce, and Naples-Fort Myers viewers get the Miami Heat and Florida Panthers. Everyone North of those areas get the Orlando Magic and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both MLB teams (Marlins, Rays) are supposed to be broadcast statewide. MLB Out-of-Market packages blackout the Marlins in the entire state of Florida. It’s not MLB’s fault though because Fox Sports Florida has the exclusive rights to broadcast Marlins games throughout the state.
  18. For some reason, Fox Sports Florida has decided to forego airing the Marlins Opening Day game vs Colorado tomorrow in North and Central Florida. There is an Orlando Magic game airing at 7:00 PM but the pregame doesn’t start until 6:30 PM. They could have showed the Marlins game from 4-6:30 but instead they are showing meaningless Magic reruns. Hope this changes when Fox Sports Florida and Fox Sports Sun are sold. UPDATE: This is even worse than originally thought. The South Florida viewing area will get the Marlins and Rays (on Fox Sports Sun) even though the Heat have a game starting at 7:30 PM tomorrow night.  North/Central Florida will only get the Rays even though the Magic game starts only 30 Minutes earlier than the Heat game on Fox Sports Florida. So to Review FS Sun (South Florida Area) 3-4 Rays Live 4-7 Rays vs Astros 7-7:30 Heat Live 7:30-10 Heat Game FS Florida (North/Central Florida Area) 3-4:30 Red Bull Racing 4:30-6:30 Inside The Magic 6:30-7 Magic Live 7-9:30 Magic Game So the Rays get Opening Day viewed in 100% of the state but the Marlins can only get Opening Day viewed in 50% of the state.
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