Mariners to assume a controlling interest in ROOT Sports
The Mariners, like the Royals, hope to join the contending ranks in the immediate future. As Dave Cameron writes for U.S.S. Mariner, the team's efforts should be aided by an increased payroll supported by increased television revenues. The team had an opt out clause in its broadcast licensing deal with ROOT Sports. Instead of simply negotiating another licensing arrangement, the Mariners bought a majority stake in ROOT. The club's ownership of its own regional sports network will allow it effectively to shield TV dollars from MLB's revenue sharing arrangement.
So now not only are we getting ripped off by Root sports with our TV deal but now the Mariners are the piper we have to pay???????? Holy moly this freckin sux!!! They should let us rent King Felix to increase ratings. I'm pretty pissed about this...