Over at Fangraphs, Wendy Thurm catalogs all 30 teams’ local TV deals, separating them by category from the super bazillionaires like the Dodgers down to the “have-nots” who are locked into craptastic local TV deals for years or even decades. And as she notes, it’s going to define the financial and competitive landscape for a long, long time:
Thirty teams. Thirty different local TV agreements. From the Dodgers at the very high end to the Brewers, A’s and Braves on the very low end. For some teams, the dynamics are fluid and will change in their favor soon. Others are looking at years of climbing up a steep hill in an effort to compete. The new local broadcast reality. The new revenue inequity.
Bookmark it. And don’t presume to say anything intelligent about team finances unless you are aware of how these numbers stack up.
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.