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David Lesky

I never had a chance. I was born into a family who loved baseball and the Royals, so I accordingly love baseball and the Royals. I just so happen to love to write also, which makes writing about the Royals for this site something that makes me happy each and every day. When I first started blogging, a fairly well known baseball writer told me to only do it until I'm unhappy doing it, but I don't see that coming any time soon.

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    It is tough for me to disagree on any of your points, but I do have something to think about as far as available monies and corporations go. In this discussion, or any about the Royals and money, this needs to be acknowledged because the Kansas City Royals is a corporation. Usually it is Ryan who reminds us all towards the end of every TV broadcast about our beloved Royals.

    It has been my experience while working most of the last 14 years for one of the largest media production and distribution companies in the world if a part of a budget is not spent this fiscal year, then it reverts back to the company and is treated like department X never had that cash to begin with. That money absolutely WILL not be available again. Gil’s $12M, gone. You didn’t use his allotted $12M, too bad. All Star Game profits… probably not on the table for player payroll discussions because that cash was atypical earnings, not to be counted on for another 40 years. Now, GMDM must go back to his bosses and justify needing $12M more (or even more $$$) in player payroll to a corporation which did just fine last year profits wise without spending an extra $12M on player(s). Granted, the Royals are not publicly traded like Time Warner, Viacom, Disney and their ilk, but I have to assume the club is run like these corporations because the broadcast teams always remind us Royals broadcasts cannot be rebroadcast without express written permission of the “Kansas City Royals Corporation”. Only dollars matter in a corporation, not BA, OBP, WAR, fWAR, ERA, BABIP, K to BB ratios or any other modern or old-fashioned counting stats.

    Which is why I feel David and Dan Glass, especially the old man, will not ever let their GM try to win when it comes down to spending enough money. Forget Dayton. Any general manager. Free agents should already know this, and if they don’t, you can bet their contract negotiators understand. No matter what the Glass family says, they don’t have the balls to spend appropriate cash on the 25 man to be truly competitive which won’t give them the leverage to have the balls to pay their lawyers a little extra to go to court and break that awful, anti-competitive TV contract. Which also means they don’t have the balls open up the billfold to follow through and create their own network, if they have to, creating more leverage for negotiating with Fox. As we all know, the first go at creating a network for the Royals was an epic fail,if it even had enough gas to get out of the discussion phase. I am a person who can get their entire equipment package quoted and put them in contact with a broadcast systems integrator who is one of the best (these guys have built multiple Olympics broadcast facilities – with zero time, control and edit rooms at Fox Sports and Fox Mundo, control rooms on multiple stages, edit and projection rooms at Paramount Pictures, broadcast and edit rooms in multiple California and Nevada colleges, Universal Studios, CBS Studio City – need more references?) and least expensive crew in the business in about two weeks, three if I have to put equipment out all over town for competitive bidding. We can probably get the studio built for about $3-5M, if not $2.5-4M. Cameras and lenses are not included because its been too long since I’ve had to buy cameras and lenses, and I am just not familiar enough to throw out a back of an envelope guestimate. Labor, travel, hotel and per diem included. The only real caveat would be getting everything delivered in time to finish the studio build out by April. I don’t know how to sell the new network, or what kind of cash it would take to put the administrative part together. I do know, compared to the TV talk show productions I work for now, the Royals probably don’t need a room full of transcribers, another room full of researchers, several rooms of editors, another room full of show/segment producers or audience wranglers (already on stadium payroll, aka – ushers) or any of the other trappings of TV. They will have to hire the truck crew and camera men, but that still is butt-crumb money compared to player salaries, and will easily be covered with the network deal.

    Of course, the Royals have to show they mean business to bring up the ratings for TV (which have been steadily on the rise the last two seasons – a trend for more leverage) which means spending on player payroll. Looks like a chicken and egg problem to me. Which brings us back to the lack of balls in the owner’s office. Also known as setting your GM up for failure, or Glass is full of caca.

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