You know those moments in life when someone presses the secret button inside you and your mouth lets out a torrent of opinions that takes the breath out of everyone within earshot leading to a moment of silence until someone inevitably says,
“Tell us how you really feel.”
I had a moment like that today when I read about a company that owns the rights to televise Phillies games. They overspend, in my opinion, on a new contract with the Phillies so that Ruben and crew can make up for extended overpriced contracts for players who are well past their prime and then pass the charge onto cable providers who then pass it on to the consumer.
How does this impact me? It doesn’t. I haven’t paid for a cable service that carries that “channel” in many years. In fact, I used my communications smarts to set up a semi-homemade TV antenna that any battery operated Gyrene would be proud of. On a good day I pull in 50+ High Definition channels. Yes, the same signal that cable providers “tag” into your pricey cable packages at no charge.. I get for no charge. I shouldn’t say no charge.. I did invest about $100 in antenna equipment about 5 years ago but.. yeah, do the math.
The thing that does get to me is when there is a Nationally Televised game, say ESPN or MLB Network.. and it gets blacked out. I would understand if the local channel broadcasting was available to all but it isn’t.
Really? I mean For Real?!
Who remembers back when the NFL Network decided to show an exclusive Thursday night game? TV providers went through a tizzy of how the fans would suffer, how those who didn’t have cable would miss the game and even Congress got involved threatening to remove the NFL’s Anti-trust protection. How does baseball get away with this?
How does one company get away with this? How could the Phillies do this to their fans?
My simple answer is, I don’t watch Phillies’ games. I haven’t in several years. I won’t in the future unless on broadcast TV. So I miss out on all that pricey advertising that businesses throw out there further funding the adventure.
When I was a kid I would get up every morning during baseball season and read the box score. That’s what I still do today, even if those box scores on are a website and not a soggy copy of the newspaper because it had rained that morning.
With all that said… who has time to watch the Phillies anyway? With 72 IronPig home games and 72 away games to listen to on the radio.. when would you have time to watch the Phillies?
That’s how I really feel.
OinK, Screech, Roll on.