Big news #2: Spectrum SportsNet LA and AT&T ended their (almost) 6-year dispute that kept the Dodgers out of ≈ 70% of pay-TV homes in Los Angeles.
Why this matters: Unlike the NFL, the primary media game for Major League Baseball is local, with 89% of games being aired on a Regional Sports Network (RSN).
Current deal: NBC Sports Chicago gets $4.20/subscriber/month split between the Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks.
New deal: The new network plans to charge ≈ $5.00/subscriber/month.
The Dodgers are guaranteed $8.35B over 25 years from Charter Communications.
That breaks down to an average of $334M/year!
In order to break even, the Network needs to make $1,988 from every pay-TV subscriber in the region or an average of $80/subscriber/year.
More #2: TV is Unbundling. What Fate, RSNs?