Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dodgers sell out fans with local TV deal

The Dodgers, enriched by their $8.35 billion television deal with Time-Warner Cable, have shut out more than half of their local market. It's time for the Dodgers to stand with their fans and push to put their games on more Los Angeles television sets.


Dodgers fans will hold a rally on June 1 (3 p.m.) at the Short Stop Bar, located at 1455 West Sunset Boulevard.

By BILL PETERSON
Big Leagues in Los Angeles


Of all the professional sports franchises throughout American history, none has stood for the ordinary man like the Dodgers, none has promoted diversity as a national ideal and practice so aggressively or successfully as the Dodgers, and, long before Magic Johnson brought Show Time to the Lakers, it was the Dodgers who gave Los Angeles a common champion and a unifying athletic theme.

If only it were that simple. Because there's always been a dark side. That's the baseball business, with its money uber alles ethos and the political play that comes with it.

Case in point: The Dodgers' television deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC), which gets 25 years of the club's local TV rights in exchange for $8.35 billion, nearly four times the $2.15 billion Guggenheim Baseball Management paid to acquire the club, its stadium, its entire history and half of its parking lots from the reviled former owner, Frank McCourt. All of Los Angeles celebrated the new ownership, featuring Magic, whose personal brand is so powerful locally that it actually raised the Dodgers from the state of discredit that had been wrought by McCourt's ownership.

The new ownership came out strong, pursuing better players, improving Dodger Stadium, restoring the public's good faith and producing a team that came within two wins of appearing in the World Series last season. The city had its baseball team again.

And now, it kind of doesn't.

The Dodgers are in business to make money. We all know that and support it. We want the Dodgers to succeed. But we want the success of the Dodgers to be a part of our success, to be a part of our daily lives, to be a light in our dark struggle ... and the Dodgers have decided to leave us out simply because there's a big pot of gold in it for the Dodgers to leave us out.

Simply put, the Dodgers sold out their fans. The money was just too good to pass up. Maybe, when TWC puts $8.35 billion on the table, you sign that piece of paper before the cable company comes to its senses. Maybe you don't ask too many questions or make too many demands. Maybe you take the money and run.

So, the Dodgers have the money. And they have a moral mess on their hands, because the Dodgers now are inaccessible to 70 percent of the Los Angeles television market. If you don't get TWC, you don't get any Dodgers games on your television. If you live in an area that's not even wired for TWC  and there are several  then you can't watch the Dodgers on your television at any price.

That isn't quite right, of course. There's always a price. But the price is outrageous. The bidding war between TWC and Fox Sports for the Dodgers television rights escalated the price to well beyond the established local market level of $3 billion over 20 years, which the Angels and Fox Sports agreed upon two years earlier. Obviously, TWC seeks to recoup some of those costs by asking for enormous redistribution fees from direct competitors, reportedly as high as $5 per household per month. Just as obviously, direct competitors such as DirecTV, Charter Communications, Dish Network and others would much rather watch TWC choke on a bad business deal than bail out TWC by over-paying  for the Dodgers games.

The Dodgers knew when they signed this television deal that they were shutting out their fans. They knew. They knew because they are deep in this business and they're not stupid. They knew. They knew that TWC isn't in more than half of the local TV market. They knew that no one drives a tougher bargain than TWC when it's on the other side of the table, negotiating with entities such as the NFL for distribution of the NFL Network on its cable system. It took TWC nine years to reach agreement with the NFL. Nine years. The Dodgers knew that other pay TV providers would balk at the subscription fees TWC would demand to defray the costs of this deal. The Dodgers aren't innocent. They knew. They don't even have to tell us. We know the Dodgers knew because we know the Dodgers aren't stupid.

The Dodgers have been somewhat short of heroic throughout this episode. On the rare occasions when team President Stan Kasten has deigned to address the people of Los Angeles about this matter, through the media or otherwise, he has either taken the TWC negotiating line, made diffident avowals that the problem will somehow be resolved or offered some kind of unconvincing testimony about how this bothers him every day.

But how badly can he really be bothered by this? He made a deal for $8.35 billion, four times the purchase price of the team, which already was half-and-again the $1.4 billion for which McCourt was asking, and that already was thought to be a ridiculously high demand. Sadly, in exchange for $8.35 billion, there is precious little evidence that the Dodgers have ever pressed TWC for guarantees that Dodgers games would be made widely available, either during the negotiations or since.

It's a good business deal. Probably a bit too good. The Dodgers are paying for it with a considerable loss of good will. They have, indeed, now placed a good share of their good will into the hands of TWC negotiators, and you don't have to hang around too many American households before realizing that you really don't want TWC to be the executor of your good will.

Long ago, the Dodgers were the working class heroes of Brooklyn. Then, they brought in Jackie Robinson, then more African-American stars, and they became Black America's team. But the Dodgers couldn't agree with New York City officials about a new stadium, so the club's owner, Walter O'Malley, yanked the franchise from its Brooklyn roots and moved it to Los Angeles, breaking generations of hearts on the East Coast. To build Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles officials displaced an entire Mexican neighborhood in Chavez Ravine, breaking generations of hearts on the West Coast.

It's been ugly sometimes. But times change, time heals, and the Dodgers have always gotten back to the common folk. During their first 31 years in Los Angeles, the Dodgers went to the World Series nine times, winning five of them, at once joining the local glitzerati and salving the common man with compensatory heroes. They even won over the Mexicans when the chubby left-hander from the Sonoran outback came along and stoked Fernandomania.

Flyover America badly misunderstands Los Angeles. It's not bright lights, glamorous evenings and easy living. It's overwhelmingly hard-working people of limited means getting up early in the morning and fighting through life. The fight is scarcely to be endured, let alone won, without common passions and daily amusements.

The guy who lives and works up and down Western Avenue, the middle class family in Burbank, and even rich people in the hills  they count on the Dodgers, not even necessarily to win, but to at least be there when they need the Dodgers, to at least be there when they get a chance to put their feet up, let go of real life for a moment, and drift imaginatively to a parallel world where they aren't themselves so much as they are, in some sense, the Dodgers.

Life would go on without the Dodgers, but it goes on much better with them. It goes on much better with Vin Scully narrating the summer evening – and doesn’t it ache to think we’re probably missing our last summer with him because the Dodgers priced us out of it? It goes on much better with that Clayton Kershaw curve ball beaming into your living room, with the sight of that Dodgers game on your head right before bed time. All of that now is lost to the majority of Angelinos who want it. The Dodgers made too good of a deal. They short-changed their fans.

Sometimes, then, the Dodgers get away from the common folk. This is one of those times. So, it's time for the Dodgers to figure out what time it is, take a look in the mirror and ask themselves what they stand for and who they stand with. Do they stand with the people of Los Angeles? Or do they stand for the highest possible dollar? Ideally, they can stand for both. Ideally, they can press much harder to make their televised games available to their fans. In reality, maybe not.





No comments:

Post a Comment

Labels

Los Angeles Dodgers (119) Los Angeles Angels (91) St. Louis Cardinals (60) New York Yankees (53) Texas Rangers (49) San Francisco Giants (37) Cincinnati Reds (36) First Division (34) Houston Astros (34) Matt Kemp (34) Minnesota Twins (33) Oakland Athletics (33) Chicago White Sox (31) Cleveland Indians (31) Kansas City Royals (31) New York Mets (31) Henry Aaron (30) Atlanta Braves (29) Boston Red Sox (29) Chicago Cubs (29) Clayton Kershaw (29) Detroit Tigers (29) Baltimore Orioles (28) Albert Pujols (27) Don Mattingly (27) Center League (25) Second Division (25) Andre Ethier (24) Dick Allen (24) Harmon Killebrew (24) Tampa Bay Rays (24) Third Division (24) Milwaukee Brewers (23) West League (23) East League (21) Pittsburgh Pirates (21) Washington Nationals (21) Mike Scioscia (20) Mike Trout (20) San Diego Padres (20) Arizona Diamondbacks (19) Fourth Division (19) Seattle Mariners (18) Hanley Ramirez (15) Adrian Gonzalez (14) American League (14) C.J. WIlson (14) Dee Gordon (14) Miami Marlins (14) Toronto Blue Jays (14) Jered Weaver (13) Josh Hamilton (13) Philadelphia Phillies (13) Colorado Rockies (12) National League (12) Yasiel Puig (12) Zack Greinke (12) Golden State Warriors (10) Howie Kendrick (10) Mark Trumbo (10) A.J. Ellis (9) Bryce Harper (9) Bud Selig East (9) Carl Crawford (9) Chub Feeney League (9) Dan Haren (9) Dodger Stadium (9) James Loney (9) Joe Cronin League (9) Jon Lester (9) Kenley Jansen (9) Billy Beane (8) Bud Selig West (8) Erick Aybar (8) Ernesto Frieri (8) Garrett Richards (8) Justin Verlander (8) Anaheim Ducks (7) Minnesota Lynx (7) Yoenis Cespedes (7) Andrelton Simmons (6) Angel Stadium (6) Bobby Abreu (6) Bud Selig (6) Chris Sale (6) Connecticut Huskies (6) David Ortiz (6) Hyun-Jin Ryu (6) Juan Uribe (6) Los Angeles Clippers (6) Miguel Cabrera (6) North Carolina Tar Heels (6) Prince Fielder (6) San Antonio Spurs (6) Torii Hunter (6) Chris Capuano (5) Columbus Blue Jackets (5) David Price (5) Ervin Santana (5) Harmon Killebrew Award (5) Jerry DiPoto (5) Jim Leyland (5) Joe Blanton (5) Joe Maddon (5) Mark Ellis (5) Miami Heat (5) Minnesota Wild (5) Scott Van Slyke (5) Winnipeg Jets (5) Alex Rodriguez (4) Carlos Beltran (4) Chicago Blackhawks (4) Florida Panthers (4) Fredi Gonzalez (4) Henry Aaron Award (4) James Shields (4) Jason Vargas (4) Jose Altuve (4) Kendrys Morales (4) Los Angeles Lakers (4) Los Angeles Sparks (4) Mark Teixeira (4) Mat Latos (4) Matt Holliday (4) Ned Yost (4) Nelson Cruz (4) Nick Punto (4) Pittsburgh Penguins (4) Vancouver Whitecaps (4) 2014 World Series (3) A.J. Burnett (3) Adam Jones (3) Adam Kennedy (3) Alberto Callaspo (3) Alex Wood (3) All-Star Game (3) American League Championship Series (3) American League traveling championship (3) Andrew McCutchen (3) Billy Butler (3) Boston Bruins (3) Brandon Phillips (3) Chub Feeney (3) Clemson Tigers (3) Cory Rasmus (3) David Dombrowski (3) David Freese (3) Dick Allen Award (3) Dustin Pedroia (3) Eric Hosmer (3) Florida Marlins (3) Francisco Liriano (3) Huston Street (3) J.B. Shuck (3) Jack Morris (3) Jacoby Ellsbury (3) Jerome Williams (3) Jerry Hairston (3) Joaquin Benoit (3) Joc Pederson (3) Joe Cronin (3) Joey Votto (3) LA Galaxy (3) Lance Lynn (3) Magic Johnson (3) Major League Baseball (3) Mississippi State Bulldogs (3) National League Championship Series (3) National League Division Series (3) National League traveling championship (3) New England Patriots (3) New York Liberty (3) New York Rangers (3) Oklahoma City Thunder (3) Pittsburgh Steelers (3) Robinson Cano (3) Ryan Braun (3) Scott Downs (3) South Carolina Gamecocks (3) Stan Kasten (3) Tim Lincecum (3) Toronto FC (3) Toronto Raptors (3) Tottenham Hotspur (3) UCLA Bruins (3) Villanova Wildcats (3) Vin Scully (3) Virginia Tech Hokies (3) traveling soccer championship (3) women's pro basketball traveling championship (3) Adam Dunn (2) Al Alburquerque (2) Alabama Crimson Tide (2) Alcides Escobar (2) Alex Gordon (2) Alex Rios (2) Alexander Cartwright (2) Allen Craig (2) American League Division Series (2) Anibal Sanchez (2) Arte Moreno (2) Atlanta United FC (2) Austin Jackson (2) Barcelona (2) Barry Bonds (2) Bartolo Colon (2) Baseball Hall of Fame (2) Bayern Munich (2) Billy Hamilton (2) Borussia Mochengladbach (2) Brandon Crawford (2) Brandon League (2) Brian McCann (2) Bud Norris (2) Buster Posey (2) Carlos Gomez (2) Central League (2) Chad Billingsley (2) Chase Headley (2) Chase Utley (2) Chelsea FC (2) Chicago Bulls (2) Chris Davis (2) Chris Iannetta (2) Chris Johnson (2) Chris Paul (2) Chris Young (2) Cleveland Cavaliers (2) Cliff Lee (2) Clint Hurdle (2) Cole Hamels (2) Colorado Avalanche (2) Corey Seager (2) Craig Kimbrel (2) Cy Young (2) Dallas Keuchel (2) Davey Johnson (2) Derek Jeter (2) Didi Gregorius (2) Doug Fister (2) English Premier League (2) FC Dallas (2) Frank McCourt (2) George Springer (2) Gerrit Cole (2) Giancarlo Stanton (2) Gio Gonzalez (2) Green Bay Packers (2) Greg Maddux (2) Hall of Fame (2) Hank Conger (2) Hisashi Iwakuma (2) Indiana Pacers (2) Jacob deGrom (2) Jason Grilli (2) Jay Bruce (2) Jeff Bagwell (2) Jerry Sands (2) Jimmy Rollins (2) Joe Girardi (2) Joe Kelly (2) John Lackey (2) Jordan Zimmermann (2) Josh Beckett (2) Justin Upton (2) Juventus (2) Kelvin Herrera (2) Lee Smith (2) Liga MX (2) Logan Forsythe (2) Los Angeles Kings (2) Luis Mendoza (2) Lyle Overbay (2) Madison Bumgarner (2) Manny Machado (2) Marlon Byrd (2) Melky Cabrera (2) Miami Hurricanes (2) Michael Wacha (2) Mickey Hatcher (2) Mike Fiers (2) Mike Moustakas (2) Montreal Canadiens (2) Montreal Impact (2) Nathan Eovaldi (2) National League West (2) Ned Colletti (2) New York Red Bulls (2) Nick Swisher (2) North American traveling soccer championship (2) Oregon Ducks (2) Paris Saint-Germain (2) Paul Goldschmidt (2) Pedro Alvarez (2) Pete Kozma (2) Philadephia Eagles (2) Portland Timbers (2) Real Madrid (2) Ricky Nolasco (2) Roger Clemens (2) Roy Williams (2) Russell Martin (2) Ryan Vogelsong (2) Ryan Zimmerman (2) Seattle Sounders (2) Seattle Storm (2) Shane Victorino (2) St. Louis Blues (2) Stephen Strasburg (2) Steven Strasburg (2) Ted Turner (2) Terry Francona (2) Tony Cingrani (2) Tony LaRussa (2) Toronto Maple Leafs (2) Torri Hunter (2) Utah Jazz (2) Victor Martinez (2) Washington Capitals (2) Werder Bremen (2) Wil Myers (2) World Series (2) Yu Darvish (2) college football national traveling championship (2) continental traveling hockey championship (2) eastern hockey traveling championship (2) interleague traveling baseball championship (2) pro basketbal traveling championship (2) traveling championship (2) western basketball traveling championship (2) western hockey traveling championship (2) A'ja Wilson (1) AC Milan (1) AS Roma (1) Aaron Hamilton (1) Aaron Harang (1) Aaron Judge (1) Adam Dunn (1) Adam LaRoche (1) Adam Wainwright (1) Al Campanis (1) Alan Wiggins (1) Alejandro De Aza (1) Alex Avila (1) Alex Guerrero (1) Alexander Ovechkin (1) Alysha Clark (1) American League West (1) American division traveling football championship (1) Andrew Heaney (1) Andrew McCtchen (1) Andrew Miller (1) Andy Pettitte (1) Annibal Sanchez (1) Anthony Rizzo (1) Aroldis Chapman (1) Astros (1) Atlanta Hawks (1) Auston Matthews (1) Babe Ruth (1) Baltimore Orioles Kansas City Royals (1) Barry Larkin (1) Bayer Leerkusen (1) Ben Wade (1) Benji Molina (1) Bert Blyleven (1) Bert Campaneris (1) Bill Foley (1) Billy Buckner (1) Blake Griffin (1) Bo Porter (1) Bobby Cox (1) Bobby Thompson (1) Borussia Dortmund (1) Boston Celtics (1) Brad Ausmus (1) Brad Havens (1) Brad Lidge (1) Branch Rickey (1) Brandon Maurer (1) Brandon McCarthy (1) Brandon Morrow (1) Brandon Moss (1) Brandon Snyder (1) Breanna Stewart (1) Brendan Ryan (1) Brett Lawrie (1) Brett Wallace (1) Brian Cashman (1) Brian Harper (1) Bruce Bochy (1) Bryan Price (1) Buck Showalter (1) Buffalo Sabres (1) Bundesliga (1) Butler Bulldogs (1) Buzz Williams (1) C.J. Kron (1) CBS (1) CC Sabathia (1) Caleb Joseph (1) Calgary Flames (1) Calgary Stampeders (1) California Angels (1) Canadian traveling football championship (1) Candace Parker (1) Carlos Correa (1) Carlos Frias (1) Carlos Gonzalez (1) Carlos Marmol (1) Celta Vigo (1) Chad Qualls (1) Charlie Coyle (1) Chiapas (1) Chicago Bears (1) Chicago Fire (1) Chicago Sky (1) Chris Archer (1) Chris Carpenter (1) Chris Perez (1) Chris Tillman (1) Christiano Ronaldo (1) Citi Field (1) Clay Bucchholz (1) Cleveand Indians (1) Club América (1) Colin Cowgill (1) Columbus Crew (1) Conor Sheary (1) Coors Field (1) Cornbelt Conference (1) Cotton Nash (1) Craig Biggio (1) Curt Schilling (1) Dabo Swinney (1) Dale Murphy (1) Dallas Wings (1) Dan Straily (1) Daniel Nava (1) Danny Duffy (1) Dansby Swanson (1) Darryl Sutter (1) Darwin Barney (1) Davey Lopes (1) David DeJesus (1) David Murphy (1) David Ousted (1) David Peralta (1) David Wright (1) Dawn Staley (1) DeMar Derozan (1) Dean Chance (1) Denver Broncos (1) Detroit Red Wings (1) Devan Dubnyk (1) Devon Travis (1) Dick Jacobs (1) Dillon Gee (1) Dioner Navarro (1) Don Mincher (1) Don Sutton (1) Dr. James Naismith (1) Draymond Green (1) Drayton McLane (1) Drew Hutchison (1) Dries Mertens (1) Duke Blue Devils (1) Dustin Byfuglein (1) Dusty Baker (1) Earl Weaver (1) Ed Creech (1) Edinson Volquez (1) Edmonton Oilers (1) Edwin Jackson (1) Efren Navarro (1) Eintracht Frankfurt (1) Elena Della Donne (1) Elian Herrera (1) Empoli (1) Ender Inciarte (1) Endy Chavez (1) Eric Sogard (1) Eric Staal (1) Evan Gattis (1) Evan Longoria (1) Everton FC (1) Farhan Zaidi (1) Felix Hernandez (1) Feyenoord Rotterdam (1) Football Association (1) France (1) Frank Viola (1) Frank Wren (1) Fred McGriff (1) Freddie Gray (1) Freddy Galvis (1) Garrett Williams (1) Gary Sanchez (1) Gene Mauch (1) Geno Auriemma (1) Genoa (1) German traveling soccer championship (1) Gerry Hunsicker (1) Gonzaga Zags (1) Goran Dragic (1) Grant Green (1) Greg Holland (1) Guggenheim Baseball Management (1) Halle Berry (1) Happy Chandler East (1) Happy Chandler West (1) Harry Carey (1) Hassan Whiteside (1) Heath Bell (1) Henry Aaron Award. (1) Holland (1) Houston (1) Houston Rockets (1) Howard Kendrick (1) Ian Kinsler (1) Ichiro Suzuki (1) Indiana Fever (1) Indianapolis Colts (1) Italian traveling soccer championship (1) Ivan DeJesus (1) J.B. Schuck (1) J.J. Hardy (1) J.J.Hardy (1) J.P. Howell (1) Jack Kent Cooke (1) Jack McKeon (1) Jackie Robinson (1) Jake Marisnick (1) Jake Odorizzi (1) Jake Peavy (1) James Paxton (1) James Shielss (1) Jamie McCourt (1) Jamie Wright (1) Jared Weaver (1) Jarrod Dyson (1) Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1) Jason Giambi (1) Jason Hammel (1) Jason Heyward (1) Jason Isringhausen (1) Jason Zucker (1) Javy Guerra (1) Jeff Samadrzija (1) Jeff Samardjzia (1) Jhonny Peralta (1) Jim Abbott (1) Jim Eppard (1) Jim Eppel (1) Jim Fregosi (1) Jim Hickey (1) Jim Johnson (1) Jim Palmer (1) Jimmie Hall (1) Jimmy Nelson (1) Jimmy Piersall (1) Joc Pedersen (1) Joe Mauer (1) Joe Morgan (1) Joe Saunders (1) Joe Thatcher (1) Joe Torre (1) JoeGirardi (1) Joel Berry II (1) Joel Hanrahan (1) John Angelos (1) John Farrell (1) John Helyar (1) John Jay (1) John O'Donnell Stadium (1) John Roseboro (1) Johnny Cueto (1) Johnny Giavotella (1) Jon Niese (1) Jonathan Papelbon (1) Jonathan Quick (1) Jonathan Schoop (1) Jordan Lyles (1) Jose Abreu (1) Jose Bautista (1) Jose Peraza (1) Jose Quintana (1) Jose Reyes (1) Jose Valverde (1) Joseph Wapner (1) Josh Donaldson (1) Josh Harrison (1) Jozy Altidore (1) Juan Marichal (1) Juan Pierre (1) Juan Rivera (1) Justin Jackson (1) Justin Turner (1) Kansas City Royals Pittsburgh Pirates (1) Ken Giles (1) Ken Rosenthal (1) Kentucky Wildcats (1) Kevin Correia (1) Kevin Jepson (1) Kevin Kiermaier (1) Kevin Malone (1) Kevin Tapani (1) Koji Uehara (1) Kole Calhoun (1) Kris Bryant (1) Kris Jenkins (1) Kris Medlen (1) Kwami Leonard (1) Kyle Kubitza (1) Kyle Seager (1) L.J. Hoes (1) La Liga (1) LaMarr Hoyt (1) Lance McCullers (1) Larry Dolan (1) Leicester City FC (1) LewWolff (1) León (1) Ligue 1 (1) Liverpool (1) Logan White (1) Lords of the Realm (1) Lorenzo Cain (1) Louisville Cardinals (1) Lyon (1) Major League Soccer (1) Major League Soccer standings (1) Marcell Ozuna (1) Marge Schott (1) Mariano Rivera (1) Mark McGwire (1) Mark Mulder (1) Mark Reynolds (1) Mark Scheifele (1) Martin Prado (1) Marvin Miller (1) Masahiro Tanaka (1) Matt Adams (1) Matt Carpenter (1) Matt Dominguez (1) Matt Harvey (1) Matt Joyce (1) Matt Moore (1) Matt Shoemaker (1) Matt Wieters (1) Max Kruse (1) Max Scherzer (1) Maya Moore (1) Memphis Grizzlies (1) Michael Bourn (1) Michael Cuddyer (1) Michael Roth (1) Michael Young (1) Michigan State Spartans (1) Mikael Granlund (1) Mike Bolsinger (1) Mike Ilitch (1) Mike Illitch (1) Mike Leake (1) Mike Matheny (1) Mike Minor (1) Mike Mussina (1) Mike Napoli (1) Mike Piazza (1) Mike Zunino (1) Mikko Koivu (1) MilwaukeeBrewers (1) Minnesota United FC (1) Monaco FC (1) Mookie Betts (1) NBA (1) NBA Ear of Corn (1) NBA East Ear of Corn (1) NBA West Ear of Corn (1) NBA east traveling championship (1) NBA traveling championship (1) Napoli (1) Nashville Predators (1) National Football League (1) National Hockey League (1) National League Divisional Series (1) National division pro football traveling championship (1) Nebraska Cornhuskers (1) Nes York Yankees (1) New Jersey Devils (1) New Orleans Saints (1) New York FC (1) New York Giants (1) New York Knickerbockers (1) NewYork Yankees (1) Newcastle United (1) Nick Markakis (1) Nick Saban (1) Nino Niederreiter (1) Nolan Ryan (1) North League (1) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1) Oakland Raiders (1) Ottawa RedBlacks (1) PNC Park (1) PSV Eindhoven (1) Pachuca (1) Palermo (1) Paul Maholm (1) Paul Molitor (1) Paul Splittorff (1) Pedro (1) Pekka Rinne (1) Pete Carroll (1) Peter Bourjos (1) Phil Hughes (1) Phil Jackson (1) Phil Kessel (1) Philadelphia Union (1) Pittsburgh Panthers (1) Portland Trail Blazers (1) Preston Tucker (1) Prince Fielder (1) Pro football traveling championship (1) Quad Cities Angels (1) R.A. Dickey (1) R.A.Dickey (1) Ralph Garr (1) Randy Choate (1) Real Salt Lake (1) Real Sociedad (1) Reggie Jackson (1) Reims (1) Rich Gale (1) Rich Hill (1) Rick Monday (1) Rick Reichardt (1) Rickey Henderson (1) Robert Cannon (1) Robert Lurie (1) Roberto Hernandez (1) Roger Scruton (1) Rogers Hornsby (1) Rohinson Cano (1) Ron Cey (1) Ron Washington (1) Roughned Odor (1) Rubby De La Rosa (1) Ryan Howard (1) Ryan Ludwick (1) Sacramento Kings (1) Safeco Field (1) Salvador Perez (1) Sam LeCure (1) San Francico Giants (1) San Francisco Giants (1) San Jose (1) San Jose Earthquakes (1) San Jose Sharks (1) Sandy Koufax (1) Saskatchewan Roughriders (1) Scott Diamond (1) Scott Dres (1) Scott Kazmir (1) Sean Marshall (1) Seattle Seahawks (1) Sebastian Giovinco (1) Second Divison (1) Seimone Augustus (1) Serie A (1) Seth Smith (1) Sevilla FC (1) Shin-Soo Choo (1) Sonny Gray (1) South League (1) Southern California Trojans (1) Spanish traveling soccer championship (1) Sporting KC (1) Staples Center (1) Starlin Castro (1) Stephen Drew (1) Steve Carlton (1) Steve Garvey (1) Super Bowl (1) Swansea City (1) Sylvia Fowles (1) Syracuse Orange (1) Taijuan Walker (1) Tampa Bay Lightning (1) Texas A&M Aggies (1) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (1) Tim Federowicz (1) Tim Holbrook (1) Tim Hudson (1) Tim Raines (1) Tina Charles (1) Todd Frazier (1) Toluca (1) Tom Glavine (1) Tom Seaver (1) Toronton Blue Jays (1) Trevor May (1) Trevor Rosenthal (1) Tronto Blue Jays (1) Ty Cobb (1) UANL (1) UNAM (1) Vernon Wells (1) Victor Vázquez (1) Vladimir Guerrero. (1) WAR (1) Wade Davis (1) Wade LeBlanc (1) Wade Miley (1) Walter Haas (1) Walter O'Malley (1) Wandy Rodriguez (1) Warren Giles League (1) Washington Mystics (1) Washington Natinals (1) Washington Redskins (1) Washington Senators (1) Watford (1) Wellington Castillo (1) West Ham United (1) Will Myers (1) Wilmer Flores (1) Wily Peralta (1) Wins Above Replacement (1) Wisconsin Badgers (1) Xavier Musketeers (1) Yadier Molina (1) Yan Gomes (1) Yankee Stadium (1) Yuli Gurriel (1) Zach Britton (1) Zach Parise (1) Zack Cozart (1) baseball (1) baseball continental traveling championship (1) baseball traveling championship (1) college football (1) drug testing (1) eastern pro basketball traveling championship (1) hockey traveling championship (1) men's college basketball long traveling championship (1) men's college basketball short traveling championship (1) pro basketball Ear of Corn (1) pro basketball First Division (1) pro basketball Fourth Division (1) pro basketball Second Division (1) pro basketball Third Division (1) pro hockey (1) pro soccer (1) realignment (1) soccer (1) steven Souza (1) test (1) western pro hockey traveling championship (1) women's college basketball long traveling championship (1) women's college basketball short traveling championship (1) women's pro basketball First Division (1)