what does hyzaar valtrex dosage for suppression generic drug prices canada vs us proper use of cytotec for abortion order pfizer viagra online lioresal doctors online lioresal cost comparison order reglan online with visa vigra paypal account purchase non perscription birth control pills online clarithromycin 500 mg and alcohol generic dostinex switzerland no prescription differin viagara falls band nj over the counter fosamax generic brand for flonase evista weight gain forum didronel reviews for men cheap online meds sertraline hydrochloride 50 mg intralesional triamcinolone alopecia areata azathioprine and alcohol consumption allopurinol tablets 100mg used for can order pulmicort canada finasteride 1 mg price buy tadalafil uk what are the different types of drugs to relieve pain pharmacies buy combivent mirapex sale azithromycin 500 mg half life purchase ethionamide cheap order allegra canada long term side effects of amlodipine can i buy phenergan over the counter cephalexin sold over counter can you get high off paroxetine hcl differin gel for acne weight gain pills that work zithromax australia buy cheap proscar order zerit tablets cleocin medication where to buy what is the best viagra alternative buy maxalt mg online isoniazid tablets purchase on line no prescription compazine sale feldene side effects how to use ampicillin citalopram dosage recommended prednisolone pharmacychecker mail-order singulair what is tricor medicine for trazodone cost walmart bentyl lawsuit finax medicine alli over counter diet pill z pack antibiotics during pregnancy generic name for bupron sr nexium 40mg pret pharmacy that sells bactrim ephedraxin with paypal payment what class of drugs is azithromycin in canadian pharmacy metformin ropinirole parkinson;s treatment best site to buy celexa paroxetine pharmacy order online pharmacy uk capoten why has geriforte been discontinued generic paypal coupon best online pharmacy generic caverta prednisolone 5mg without prescription zyloprim delivery uk buy tadapox in australia buy acai online no prescription us is zoloft an over the counter medicine get anabuse januvia generic cost generic depakote drug viva pure hyaluronic acid reviews where can i get shallaki pills levothroid mail order india celexa rxlist feldene barato insurance quotes online endep medication reviews order xenical canada minipress online australia is seroquel a prescription drug propranolol tablets 10mg children buy female cialis without a script allegra online no prescription can you order lotensin after effects of taking accutane indian pharmacy effexor xr didronel delivery uk what is the difference between levitra and levitra professional where to place nitroglycerin patch mail order generic digoxin buy actos perth australia forzest brand positioning malegra fxt online in usa cheap midamor uk viagra farmacias ahumada inderal next day shipping valtrex over the counter equivalent information on zyprexa medication diflucan canadian source buy capoten australia no prescription nolvadex cabgolin order online accutane india pharmacy list of tesco stores selling toradol singulair sales 2009 billion lisinopril order online order generic micronase cheap cost antibiotics online without how to get kamagra on line terramycin medication voltaren retard 75mg tablets prilosec delivery uk how to take provera 5mg female cialis 100mg cheap where can you buy alligator meat in ohio side effects of synthroid cheap zovirax free delivery can order dulcolax canada where altace is patanase better than astelin cialis 20mg uk acheter clomid pas cher viagra sublingual sale sildenafil 100mg atarax 25mg tabs tenormin prescription drug indian generics online doxazosin list of government pharmacy colleges in india vgp bpl9 lithium ion battery price in india buy ditropan online reviews relafen prescription coupon mobic prescription drugs acai berry tablets holland and barrett review fast himcocid deleviery non persciption propranolol where to buy nizoral shampoo in australia buy purinethol capsules speman prescription coupon cialis ed and bph most reliable place to buy sumycin online want to order doxycycline without a prescription where do i femara in canada purchase generic motilium tamoxifen drugs interference should i increase my dose of wellbutrin purchase protonix cheap culturismo sin tonterias can you buy anacin in ireland suhagra brands india cheap mexitil benadryl max daily dose order lisinopril from canada duetact generico italiano 100 mg lipitor ventolin online no prescription uk the original blue pill review lipitor generic release date billig lozol online kaufen buy lasix online cheap cialis soft online in canada alli para adelgazar precio walgreens canada rd hwy 64 clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionate cream usp 1 0.05 price bupropion xl medication guide amoxil buy online canada tadalafil off label uses viagra tables for sale australia where to buy benzac ac 2.5 what does cardizem printable levitra coupon american allies 2012 vpxl not generic tesco buy cialis tadacip mexico pharmacy viagra online without prescription canadian district health authority minoxidil 12.5 buy order ortho tri cyclen pills lov cost roxithromycin maximum effexor xr dose viagra sales numbers order topamax on line india reviews on femara us online pharmacy no prescription amoxil where can i purchase augmentin zyvox bonus pills actonel once a month australia nexium side effects dizziness l-tryptophan where to get amiloride hcl dose cipro for purchase tinidazole india prescription drug zyprexa kytril western australia how long does a codeine cough syrup high last good post cycle therapy products buy online menosan generic onde comprar aciclovir ampicillin sulbactam iv fast crestor deleviery methotrexate online usa no prescription where to buy viagra over the counter in canada buy micardis line haldol overseas withdrawal from zoloft forum where is the parietal lobe in the brain protonix iv dosage and administration long term prilosec usage tenormin on line in the mexico seroquel 100mg how long does levitra last vs cialis vs viagra obagi omp tretinoin cream 0.1 pioglitazone dosage generic drug for detrol la how to import email from windows live mail to outlook 2010 phone in order for gasex kamagra chewable reviews veterinary drugs no prescription zocor lawsuit compensation acheter brand advair diskus pas cher cheap pharm discount code buy januvia inhaler canada purchase cytotec (misoprostol) canada buy vpxl without prescription over the counter order augmentin online buy online atorlip-5 generic propecia 100mg cheap dapoxetine generic cheap costs gasex brand positioning safe trental buy elimite billig kaufen can i make micronase generic pills for midamor cafergot where to get buy hyzaar online nizoral tablets reviews tetracycline generic for voveran online meds non prescription trileptal pharmacy can i order zanaflex no prescription in the usa order viagra soft online uk ordering viagra extremely can you order aldactone finasteride propecia nhs buy strattera online from mexico cheap nexium uk canadian pharmacy viagra scam where can i order diovan suprax pharmacy online why is there a shortage of cialis jelly reglan in usa generic viagra march 2012 motrin online bestellen where to get famvir pct buy sustiva mexican pharmacies how long does xeloda take to work cheap coreg 3.125 mg buy levaquin pills brand flagyl er buy prilosec side effects women where does lasix work in the kidney where to buy methotrexate online without rx buyers of promethazine canada buying zenegra in manchester achat de cialis pas cher is it legal to buy viagra generic from rogaine 2 lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets usp propecia direct pharmacy buy-viagra-in-singapore elocon canada prescription comprar zithromax espan~a synthroid side effects weight loss my canadian pharm taking propranolol tablets for anxiety unisom generico online buy confido himalaya best site to buy calan cheapest effexor xr in the uk non persciption erythromycin trandate online overnight minipress mg tablet silagra dosage instructions what are prednisone pills used for fluconazole capsules kamagra soft online usa no prescription what are the side effects of amaryl cheap atrovent buy online order erection packs 1 from canadian pharmacy online what is aristocort used to treat cardura order online cheap generic protonix cheap generic arjuna liquid aricept review viagra from canada pharmacy compare prices benemid why doxycycline price increase 10 off drugstore.com code kamagra soft usa sale bystolic pill shortage weight loss coupon buy alli online minipress uk brand name cialis 200mg wholesale tretinoin 0,025 paypal para que es la eritromicina 500 mg hyzaar canadian source augmentin australia companies only albenza where to purchase cheap maxalt mlt 10 mg advair diskus medication overnight delivery can i get over the counter antibiotics for uti discount lioresal are prinivil and zestril the same vpxl ordering online pharmacy glucophage medicine side effects nizagara tablets australia methotrexate mg canadian rx cytotec without prescription medication benicar online in us how long does venlor take to work zithromax price in pakistan zovirax mexico companies only inderal without prescription miami nizoral online in usa clomid ovulation cycle zyban dosage instructions long time side effects dostinex acheter anafranil 25 cymbalta without food is there a generic for lipitor in canada lexapro uk buy discount canadian pharmacy ditropan cheap hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg generic allegra sams club generic for lipitor availability is there a drug comparative to femara purchasing acai online where can i get some lipitor synthroid without scrpt viagra rx list best place buy accutane online famvir tablets for sale buy finast patch singulair daily use reviews can you get high off ventolin zyrtec long time side effects what is a ventolin inhaler used for generic benadryl safe how to order synthroid online zovirax mist canada canadian pharmacy online flagyl propranolol from usa cheap cialis trial packs order voltaren 100 mg buy asacol 400 mg mobic 7.5 mg price can you buy painkillers online can you buy penegra in ireland tinidazole over the counter acheter promethazine pas cher how to get amaryl donde puedo comprar la ciproheptadina where to buy retin a cheap generic serpina safe sarafem 5mg tablets levitra next day plavix shortage buy trimox online pharmacy what color are coumadin 2mg tablets cheap elocon india tetracycline dosage for gonorrhea z pack antibiotics sinus infection rhinocort tablets from buy what does levaquin cure cheap tofranil sale uk buying cafergot in manchester azathioprine metabolism and allopurinol prandin overnight abilify commercial narrator prevacid dose for 3 month old buy apcalis sx in ireland cost of generic singulair walmart rhinathiol for children dosage glyburide during pregnancy side effects buy narcotics online acquisto biaxin sicuro online singulair pediatrico floxin mexico antibiotic bacterial infections chloromycetin to buy in england vicodin online paypal how much is albenza tablets can you get high off gabapentin 100mg order amaryllis belladonna cytotec comprar en costa rica zentel preturi omifin clomifeno 50mg buy atorvastatin india buy diltiazem hydrochloride 2 cream como comprar prilosec buy lasix 15mg online cialis online buy uk contact lenses online no prescription needed how to take duphalac mg buy zofran without a script are drugs from india safe over counter cefadroxil levothroid weight loss top 10 meds on nclex brafix canadian pharmacy abilify pharmacy bipolar canadian kamagra oral jelly shopping pharmacy has best price chloramphenicol ordering alesse here in canada buying colospa order bactrim 800 mg can you buy casodex in ireland sominex lawsuit para que se usa el carafate birth control pills nootropil benazepril plus amlodipine hydrochlorothiazide hypertension cymbalta reviews buy crestor online canada mail order aleve advair diskus no prescription compare prices i pill website cholesterol rosuvastatin calcium safe place order detrol buy lozol online reviews relafen drug information baclofen online cheap side effects of diltiazem sr can you take innopran xl daily purchase amoxicillin no prescription lok adalat orders ajanta pharma aurangabad waluj recommended dosage finasteride hair loss alesse mail order trazodone 50 mg tablets buy iv zyvox cost where to buy bupron sr in canada safely buy vermox us is losartan better than benicar levitra for sale in canada finasteride tablets online getting micardis in australia max daily dose phenergan how much is levaquin tablets no prescription acivir pills sale clavamox for cats color is accutane a prescription drug order allopurinol canada generic lotrisone in usa moduretic 20mg tab how long does it take for benadryl to leave your system buy mirapex greece bupropion australia cost motilium janssen-cilag prilosec australia price overnight buy without order clomid yasmin birth control tablets side effects european pharmacy students association nexium pills drugstore discount feldene of canada best place to buy chloromycetin online viagra dosage levels pharmacy alli in usa ordering citalopram online side effects of hoodia hydroxycut relafen drug test generic accutane from india best place buy snovitra super power pct encyclopedia and dictionary of medicine nursing and allied health book what is tretinoin 0,05 for indian generic version of viagra estrofem 2mg tablet what is cm roxithromycin used for ordering aciphex here in canada brahmi gadi katha watch online free alldaychemist retin a reviews cialis or viagra which works better buy sinequan cheap buy thyroxine tablets online sinequan best price what is cymbalta tablets buy extendaquin australia sales cheap kamagra cipla discount cefadroxil order non generic levitra plus cheapest vermox paypal voveran online overnight shipping lisinopril viagra combination is the generic form of lexapro the same aspirin for chest pain dose prescription drug snovitra super power tesco pharmacy jobs scotland online pharmacy canada generic cialis nirvana lithium chords frumil usa online orlistat india there generic substitute levaquin suhagra cheap uk
Home Pete Toms LWIB: The Blue Jays Flying in Turbulence

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 543 guests online

Atom RSS

LWIB: The Blue Jays Flying in Turbulence PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 5
PoorBest 
Pete Toms Article Archive
Written by Pete Toms   
Monday, 05 October 2009 00:34

Last Week in Bizball by Pete Toms

This week in LWIB, the Blue Jays ‘09 season concludes amidst great pessimism and uncertainty concerning the future fortunes of the franchise.

BLUE JAYS UPDATE

The Blue Jays’ 2009 season began with a 27-14 record. The Blue Jays completed the 2009 season with their second worst record this decade. Of greater concern to Blue Jays fans has to be the off the field uncertainties surrounding the franchise. This season began amidst much speculation concerning owner Rogers Communications Inc.’s long term plans for their baseball club in light of the passing last year of President and CEO Ted Rogers. Their season has concluded and seemingly nothing has been resolved concerning RCI’s near and long term approach to owning and operating the Blue Jays.

LWIB the Blue Jays fired GM J.P. Ricciardi. Ricciardi’s dismissal had been anticipated since the man who hired him - Paul Godfrey - resigned as Blue Jays President and CEO last year. As the Blue Jays dismal season unfolded, the end of the Ricciardi reign became increasingly inevitable as, rightly or wrongly, he became the focal point of Blue Jays fans frustrations. Alex Anthopoulos was promoted from assistant GM to succeed Ricciardi and while Blue Jays President and CEO Paul Beeston has not attached an “interim” tag to the promotion, there is doubt amongst some pundits. The speculation arises from confusion (amongst media and fans if not RCI) surrounding Mr. Beeston’s future role with the franchise. When Mr. Beeston succeeded Mr. Godfrey his stated goal was to replace himself, his return to the Blue Jays would be short term. Next week will mark the one year anniversary of Mr. Beeston’s “interim” appointment and rumours abound concerning his future role with the Blue Jays. There have been many reports that Mr. Beeston will remain with the Blue Jays in an “advisory” capacity after he appoints a new President and CEO. When and if Mr. Beeston hires his replacement, will that person have the autonomy to appoint their own GM? Speculation concerning Mr. Beeston’s future with the Blue Jays has even included a future stake in new ownership of the franchise.

The timing of Mr. Ricciardi’s dismissal might well have been an effort to divert attention from a much publicized rift last week between Blue Jays players and Manager Cito Gaston. The players animus towards Gaston was widely characterized as a “near-mutiny”. Both Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill went “on the record” in media coverage concerning the reported near-revolt and tacitly acknowledged that the players did not want to play under Gaston. These same reports usually included rumours that the coaching staff was also divided. Holdovers from previous Jays managers John Gibbons’ staff (most notably pitching coach Brad Arnsberg) on one side with Gaston and the coaches he brought with him (Gene Tenace, Nick Leyva) on the other. On Saturday the players met with Beeston (Beeston had planned the “end of season” address to the players prior to the reports of player “mutiny”), Anthopoulos and Rogers Media CEO Tony Viner. The meeting appeared to placate the players, at least in the short term, and the “players in revolt” stories died with Hill and Wells adopting more diplomatic stances on the subject with the media. Anthopoulos and Beeston also met with the manager and afterward provided the media a “seemingly tepid endorsement of Gaston.

Select Read More to see details on the Blue Jays season

The negative storylines of the Blue Jays '09 season were not limited to wins and losses, botched non-trades, front office changes and clubhouse meltdown. Not surprisingly, Blue Jays attendance was another in the long list of bad news surrounding the franchise. From Robert MacLeod at The Globe and Mail;

 

As the Blue Jays stumbled through one of the poorest second-half performances in team history, overall home attendance fell 21.8 per cent to an average of 23,162 at Rogers Centre, second worst in baseball only to Washington – the former Montreal Expos.

Bruce Arthur reported for the National Post last month that a new Rogers Centre / Skydome record for lowest single game attendance had been set.

…..the Minnesota series earlier this month, in which the low-water mark for attendance at the Rogers Centre was set on a night that Roy Halladay took the mound, and likely MVP Joe Mauer and Canadian Justin Morneau were in the Twins lineup. That night, the number was 11,159; the next, 11,461.

LWIB, Paul Beeston explained that the Blue Jays 09 attendance is not as disappointing as the raw numbers indicate when put in the proper perspective. From Morgan Campbell at the Toronto Star;

….interim president Paul Beeston denies the club is hemorrhaging fans the way the stats suggest.

This season, he says, the Jays counted only tickets sold in their attendance figures, which yielded smaller numbers but a better read on the team's popularity.

"Overall we are not disappointed with attendance, because we are up in revenue. I would say we're up marginally, but we're up'' (over 2008)," he said. "Going forward, these are numbers you can chase in the future, real numbers.''

Perhaps a more revealing development of what the future holds for the Blue Jays franchise was the announcement LWIB that the Blue Jays had made significant personnel cuts in their non baseball front office. From Jeremy Sandler at the National Post;

The Toronto Blue Jays yesterday laid off a large number of staff in the team's front office for the second time in less than a year.

…..Last December the club shed 33 employees.

AND

A source said the marketing and ticketing departments were particularly hard hit, with vice-president of marketing Laurel Lindsay among those losing their jobs.

The layoffs in the Blue Jays front office were not the first indication this season that RCI might be closely monitoring their baseball team’s bottom line. After years of complying with Commissioner Selig’s “slot recommendations”, the Blue Jays announced they would go “over slot” if need be. While the Blue Jays did go “over slot” (the Jays spent approximately $700,000 “over slot” for third round pick Jake Marisnick), ultimately the Blue Jays 09 draft left many puzzled by their approach. From John Manuel at Baseball America;

J.P. Ricciardi & Co. signed first-rounder Chad Jenkins, but not two Canadian lefthanders—supplemental first-rounder James Paxton, who returned to Kentucky, or second-rounder Jake Eliopoulos, Canada's top prep player available. Third-rounder Jake Barrett, a prep righthander from Arizona, also didn't sign, but Toronto got its second third-rounder, prep outfielder Jake Marisnick, done for $1 million.

And from Mr. Manuel’s Baseball America colleague Jim Callis;

I haven't talked to the Jays or seen a post-mortem yet, but their draft strategy seemed odd, to say the least. They'll recoup compensation picks for their unsigned sandwich-, second- and third-rounders, but why take that many over-slot guys at the top of the draft if you can't or won't sign them? They did land Jacob Marisnick for $1 million and got a couple of other guys done late, but they let a lot of talent walk away.

A second round of front office layoffs inside of a year, combined with the diminished player payroll this season, combined with a directionless performance in the amateur draft, combined with Paul Beeston’s fruitless efforts to replace himself, all inevitably lead to the same question that has been posed since the passing of Ted Rogers. What is the future of the Blue Jays within RCI? In the very short term the Blue Jays are reported to be considering two options concerning major league payroll. Spend more and attempt to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox or reduce payroll and expectations of competing. LWIB Buster Olney reported for ESPN;

The Jays' ownership has been presented with a recommendation from the front office of going one of two ways -- either raising the payroll dramatically to about $110 million-$120 million, or slashing it back to $60 million. The thinking behind those numbers is that if Toronto wants to seriously go toe-to-toe with the AL East money monsters in Boston and New York, then it will have to spend a lot more -- and short of that, it doesn't make a lot of sense to overspend, so better to keep a modest payroll and give the team a chance to earn a profit. Odds are that the Blue Jays will go with the lower number, as Paul Beeston steps aside as the team's CEO.

Similarly, Shi Davidi reported LWIB for the Canadian Press that the last thing the Blue Jays want is to be relegated to the middle ranks of MLB.

Those within the organization fear staying the course may drop the Blue Jays into baseball's dead zone, where clubs are neither good enough to contend nor bad enough to secure high draft picks.

Aforementioned Rogers Media CEO Tony Viner admitted this weekend that the direction the Blue Jays will take remains undecided. From a different piece by Bruce Arthur at The National Post;

"We don't know what the payroll's going to be because we simply don't know what the best way to proceed is," Rogers president Tony Viner told reporters in Baltimore Saturday, after he and interim Jays president Paul Beeston fired Ricciardi.

The longer term and most important decision RCI must make concerning the Blue Jays is where (or if?) the baseball franchise and Rogers Centre fit in their rapidly changing telecommunications empire. The Blue Jays are part of Rogers Media which is responsible for the operation of the “old media” (magazines, TV and radio stations including the RSN which broadcasts most of the Blue Jays games and their flagship radio station FAN 590) holdings within RCI. Declining ad revenues have not been kind to Rogers Media over the past year. From the aforementioned report from Jeremy Sandler;

In June, Rogers Communications, which owns the Blue Jays, announced a second quarter adjusted operating profit of more than $1-billion

That included more than $37-million from the media division that contains the Blue Jays and Rogers Centre, down from $52-million in the second quarter of 2008 for a decline of about 29%.

But RCI’s core business is their cable and wireless operations. RCI is Canada’s leading cable TV services provider and largest cellphone provider. Hugo Miller reported for Bloomberg last month;

The company gets more than half its total revenue from the wireless business and an additional third from wired telecommunications, which includes cable, Internet and home- phone service.

Kristine Owram reported last month for the Canadian Press that RCI will soon face the challenge of a more competitive Canadian wireless and cable marketplace. At the same time, Canada’s largest cable provider acknowledges that they are operating in an increasingly wireless world. From Ms. Owram;

Several new players, such as Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) and Globalive Communications Corp. are poised to enter the cellphone market after a massive sale of broadband space. Cable TV operators who have prospered by winning Internet customers away from the traditional phone companies now also face greater competition from former rivals such as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) and Bell Canada (TSX:BCE) for television customers.

"The telecommunications industry in Canada is about to undergo the most significant change to the landscape in probably the last generation, with the entrance of new wireless competitors over the next number of months," Levi said. (LWIB note; Levi is technology analyst Carmi Levy)

In the same report RCI CEO Nadir Mohamed is quoted;

He said wireless technology is "taking on a more significant role in how people communicate" as it incorporates voice, data and video functions. Meanwhile, content that has traditionally been delivered over cable TV is increasingly moving online.

So where do the Blue Jays fit in the RCI alchemy of old media, cable and wireless? LWIB has reported previously that the Blue Jays are one of the last MLB franchises owned by a big media company. Disney, Time Warner and News Corp. all sold off their baseball franchises. (Liberty Media’s ownership of the Braves will be relatively brief and is not analogous. Tribune Co. is expected to soon finalize the sale of the Cubs). More recently and perhaps more pertinent to the Blue Jays situation, Cablevision is spinning off the Knicks, Rangers, MSG and two RSNs. What changed and is RCI the next big media company to want out of professional sports team ownership? Jon Fine reported for BusinessWeek in February;

In earlier and more expansive times for media—and very good times they were—the industry's moguls fantasized about hitherto unforeseen advantages to be squeezed from all manner of assets. So many snapped up sports teams. News Corp. bought the Los Angeles Dodgers. Disney grabbed the Anaheim Angels and hockey's Mighty Ducks (unquestionably the only team to pinch its moniker from an Emilio Estevez film). Cablevision bought New York's Knicks and Rangers. I could go on. The argument advanced was a variation on the (now wholly discredited) "synergy" theme then taking root: Take your programming. Run it through your distribution. Get richer faster.

Tom Van Riper reported similarly for Forbes in May;

Media giants are discovering that the sports business just isn't worth it. Unpredictability, volatile revenues, high turnover among players and coaches--it all goes against the predictable money flow that a regional cable network enjoys.

Bethpage, N.Y.-based Cablevision, owner of the NBA Knicks and NHL Rangers, hinted Thursday that it may join the likes of Time Warner , the TBS parent that sold off the Atlanta Braves in 2007, and News Corp., which got rid of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004.

"The mindset of running a corporation versus owning a team is different," says Lee Berke, a New York-based sports media consultant. A national or regional network, he notes, is typically valued at 15 to 20 times cash flow, unfettered. Sports teams, less predictable year to year, have a way of messing with that multiple.

AND

The TV-business trend of owning your own team to provide content for your network has been waning for several years now, as momentum shifts toward teams forming their own networks, a la the Yankees and Mets

It has often been reported that Ted Rogers was advised by those close to him at RCI not to buy the Blue Jays and the stadium in which they play. While never a sports fan, many believe that Mr. Rogers nonetheless went ahead because he believed MLB was of benefit to his hometown of Toronto. In his last years Mr. Rogers also boosted the Blue Jays payroll to the middle ranks of MLB and the club enjoyed back to back to back winning seasons (without qualifying for the playoffs). Going forward, those in charge of RCI (Edward Rogers, Nadir Mohamed and Tony Viner) will decide if the Blue Jays are of benefit (as content for TV and radio, stadium as corporate promotional vehicle) to their telecommunications conglomerate or if pro sports team ownership has outlived it’s usefulness in adding cable subscribers and providing programming for their RSN. Certainly the season long negative coverage that RCI has been subject to in the sports media concerning their ongoing inability to field a playoff team at the Rogers Centre must leave them wondering if MLB is an industry that they need to be a part of.

LWIB will return October 19.

 


OTHER NEWS FROM THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS NETWORK

(THE BIZ OF FOOTBALL)

(THE BIZ OF HOCKEY)

(THE BIZ OF BASKETBALL)


Pete Toms is an author for the Business of Sports Network, most notably, The Biz of Baseball. He looks forward to your comments and can be contacted through The Biz of Baseball.

Don't forget to register and log in on The Biz of Baseball site to get updates via your in-box, and see information only logged in members can see.

Follow The Biz of Baseball on Twitter Twitter

FacebookFollow the Business of Sports Network on Facebook

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?