I noticed today that we are being charged an extra $5 a month for watching NESN, our local sports network. Garry commented — again — that depending on how the season goes, it might not be be such a great thing.
I began to muse about the future of baseball. As it stands right now, MLB is doing everything it can to ruin baseball for current fans and make it something with which the kids won’t be able to identify. Losing old fans like us is not great, but losing future fans is exactly the wrong thing to do. By making baseball unavailable to anyone who can’t afford an expensive package, they are destroying the future of the sport.
And now, even with this super expensive sports package, we’re still paying extra to see our own team play. That I’m willing to pay the money means something. Not only that Garry is really attached to baseball, but somehow I’ve been sucked in too.
I suggested that instead of charging a flat fee for seeing one’s team, the price should be based on how well the team is doing. The better the team is doing in the rankings, the more it will cost to watch them play. On the other hand, if they are playing really poorly — like at the bottom of their group — you could watch them for free. If they are bad enough — and they’d have to be very, very bad — the team would have to pay us to watch them.
It’s only fair, right? It’s five dollars a month now, but if the Sox manage to keep winning — which would be amazing because they have a mediocre team — the price could easily double or triple by the end of the season.
Remember, it’s a long season.