The largest source of revenue for a professional sports franchise comes from television deals. So understandably the decision on where the new Las Vegas franchise chooses to show their games is a huge topic of discussion.
Any regional sports network that the new Vegas NHL team might create wouldn’t provide much value with only hockey games on its broadcast schedule. So what is a fledgling NHL expansion club to do in boosting the market and possibly create a bidding war for its TV rights package? According to a media consultant Ourand spoke with, add a baseball team to the deal. –Ian Casselberry, AwfulAnnouncing.com
The original article if from The Sports Business Journal, but because that article is behind a paywall, we’ll have to settle with it coming from another source. The idea is for the “Black Knight Sports Network” to team up with a Major League Baseball team to offer live events nearly 200 days out of the year. Six MLB teams claim Las Vegas to be part of their market so finding one shouldn’t be too hard.
However, it really appears to me this is a long term solution while the short term solution is simply this, but in reverse. Fox Sports affiliates in Arizona and Los Angeles have the Coyotes, Ducks, and Kings. They also air teams like the Angels, Diamondbacks, Suns, Clippers, and a ton of collegiate teams. Fitting Las Vegas hockey into the mix there would be tough.
That brings us to Fox Sports San Diego. The only professional team whose games are shown on FSSD are the Padres. They also air various events from San Diego St. Aztecs and the San Diego University Toreros. Las Vegas fits perfectly into their schedule and would rarely ever overlap with their current teams.
Rather than the hockey team scooping up a baseball team, it’s more likely that in the next few years a baseball team scoops up our new hockey team. It makes perfect sense, but these deals are never simple, so we’ll just have to wait and see how it all goes down.
In the end though, they just better make sure it’s not an L.A. Dodgers situation in which only subscribers to one cable company can access the games. In Vegas we have Cox, CenturyLink, DirecTV, and Dish Network. No matter which one you have, you better be able to see every single game. Otherwise, there it’s going to be major problem.