Originally Posted by pesto
Shouldn't take it personally; the Seattle fans are fine. But the money involved in a local cable deal or worldwide broadcasting isn't there
That's not true either! The Mariners and the future NBA/NHL teams stand to make hundreds of millions of dollars partnering or forming their own regional sports network. That's where the big money is. A regional sports network in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Western Montana would serve over 13,000,000 people, and that doesn't include another 4,000,000 people in southern BC.
The Seattle media has followed this issue closely since a divorce involving one of the Mariners owners has blown the lid off the RSN talk. The Mariners were valued at an extra $200,000,000 because their TV deal is up in a few years.
Read Geoff Baker's blog at the Seattle Times for info on the RSNs.