Dollar Bill

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  1. The latter. The truest test of market value is what someone is willing to pay for it. It's why those Forbes estimates of team values often are so far off. Forbes valued the Dodgers at $800 million when McCourt put them on the market (based on research, not just a wild guess) and the Dodgers sold for $2 billion.
  2. This isn't necessarily true. He would get all the ad revenue rather than share it. But MLB can assess team-owned stations a revenue-sharing payment based on what a fair-market rights fee would be.
  3. Within the story: The Angels have not made the postseason in five years and have not won a postseason game in 10 years. Even with Trout, widely regarded as the best player in baseball, the Angels have posted three consecutive losing seasons, for the first time since 1992-94. They have sold at least 3 million tickets every year since Moreno bought the team in 2003 — only the New York Yankees can match that streak — and he said he did not want to ask those fans to watch a tanking team. “The fans have been so loyal,” he said. “I didn’t want to say, OK, I’m going to tear this thing down and save some money and rebuild it. I said, let’s try to stay as competitive as we can as we go through the transition.”
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    LAT: The Ohtani Effect

    In use since 1969 (for the Seattle Pilots), twice renovated for Angels.
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    LAT: The Ohtani Effect
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    Source: Angels "have to be" in on Darvish

    Those are MLB rights, not the Angels' rights. International broadcast rights fees are shared revenue (with an exception for the Blue Jays in the Toronto market).
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    Stadium Journey - Angel Stadium Review

    Arte and the city did not reach agreement on a new (or renegotiated) lease.
  12. This isn't just Scioscia. This also is Eppler: Keep in mind that what managers and general managers say to the media might not always be what they're saying behind closed doors. Most management types avoid any public comments that could embarrass a player. That said, actions speak louder than words. And Jeff is 100% correct about the direction in which media coverage is heading. As teams and leagues increasingly control their own media -- the Angels and Dodgers each own all or part of their TV and radio stations, and they have websites and growing social media followings -- they're keeping more of the access for themselves, breaking their own news and putting their own spin on it. The Dodgers are the best team in baseball, and on most days there are two independent reporters covering them, even as the clubhouse is crowded with employees of the team,, SportsNet LA, etc. The team media provide another vehicle to sell tickets and T-shirts. The team media can't criticize ownership or management -- see this week's Deadspin story about how sanitized a column originally critical of the Rangers' actions in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Dodgers' team media doesn't mention how half of LA does not see the games on TV. The casual fans don't much care: just tell them who won and if Mike Trout hit a home run. Ultimately, it will be the hardcore fans (all of you) that determine whether independent media remains viable. Unfortunately, that means paying -- for the Times, for the Register, for the Athletic, whatever. And, for that hard-earned money, you should get coverage responsive to your interests and questions. We'll see how this plays out. And, ICYMI, Pedro Moura has addressed how much it matters that Pujols hits third, and the analytics responsive to that question:
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    The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Nope. The number of viewers the Angels could reach on TV did not change because the name did. The Angels didn't choose to fight the city; the city sued the Angels.
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    The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    There is zero evidence the name change had anything to do with this. The Angels were in the LA TV market before the name change, and ad buyers knew that. Fox paid the Angels $3 billion because the Dodgers were in the process of being sold, and Fox couldn't risk losing the rights to the Angels and Dodgers, because Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket probably would have collapsed.