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Mariners Send Letter To City Officials Expressing Opposition To Arena Proposal
Published April 4, 2012
SO MANY QUESTIONS: In Seattle, Geoff Baker notes there are many questions when it comes to the “2015 opt-out clause the Mariners have in their TV deal" with Root Sports Northwest. Baker: “Will they settle for the minimal amount of new money they'll get simply by asking for the current market rate pro-rated to their market's size? Or will they try to score more money by doing something unique and creative? Like starting their own regional sports network with the proposed NBA and NHL teams as content partners?” Needless to say, “if you plan on teaming up with these guys, sending out a letter opposing their arena location probably isn't the foundation upon which to build a lasting friendship.” Blocking a new arena and "effectively stalling the addition" of any potential NBA or NHL teams “keeps the playing field in the M's advantage short-term.” It means that, for the time being, they “won't have to compete with additional teams for season ticket sales, luxury suite rentals and general fan interest.” Baker asks, “What is the long-term plan of this team? The real long-term plan, not just a rebuilding phase where no real timetable for contention is ever set? ... Why do the Mariners say they support the NBA/NHL movement in Seattle while opposing the most tangible steps needed to make that a reality?” (SEATTLETIMES.com, 4/4).