First Pitch: The Only Thing About TV Revenue That Matters
Dec18

First Pitch: The Only Thing About TV Revenue That Matters

The controversy surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ local TV deal is a strange one. The Pirates are considered a small market team, or low revenue if you prefer. Their TV deal has been reported to be one of the lowest in the game, in a time where teams are signing huge TV contracts right and left. The Pirates signed their extension — running through 2020 — just before the TV market exploded. Call it bad timing, bad...

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Frank Coonelly Fighting for Small Market Teams Against the Yankees
Nov16

Frank Coonelly Fighting for Small Market Teams Against the Yankees

I’ve talked a bit on here about the changes that have been discussed for the posting system for Japanese players. If you’re unfamiliar with the system, it is the process that allows a player from a Japanese league, such as Nippon Professional Baseball, to sign with a Major League team. The former agreement allowed teams to bid on the player. The highest bid, or posting fee, would win the rights to negotiate a contract with...

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Huntington’s Deals Indicative of Focus Beyond 81 Wins
Sep05

Huntington’s Deals Indicative of Focus Beyond 81 Wins

The streak is over. It ended Tuesday with a bang, after Travis Snider’s pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in the ninth inning. Now, Pirates fans can focus on more significant items on the agenda as the Pirates play out their final 23 games of the 2013 regular season. The most significant item on said agenda is a deep playoff run. The mindset for the Pirates to not just attain moderate success in the regular season is one that has...

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Frank Coonelly: Pirates Plan Payroll Increase, Ticket “Price Adjustments”
Aug28

Frank Coonelly: Pirates Plan Payroll Increase, Ticket “Price Adjustments”

The Pirates plan to increase their Major League payroll next season, team president Frank Coonelly told Pirates Prospects. The team has raised overall salary for its MLB players by about $9 million per year each of the last three years, according to a “strategic plan” for payroll Coonelly discussed in a one-on-one interview. “Our plans that we’ve put in place a year, two years ago, have us showing another...

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Frank Coonelly: Replay System May Not Increase Game Length
Aug26

Frank Coonelly: Replay System May Not Increase Game Length

Major League Baseball’s planned challenge system for controversial calls will not necessarily make games longer, according to Pirates president Frank Coonelly. Cutting down long-winded arguments between managers and umpires is part and parcel to the replay system MLB unveiled earlier this month, likely to be implemented for the 2014 season. Home-plate umpires will have “quick communication” with the instant replay...

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