Posted by AlCheez on 3/25/2014 11:48:00 AM (view original):
Posted by tecwrg on 3/25/2014 11:35:00 AM (view original):I'm sure the teams themselves are taken care of from a revenue perspective. My point was more about making it harder for fans of the teams to see their first games. I guess I did also throw in there being less games for them to go to, but with 81 to start with, I'll concede that particular point was pretty weak.
Each team was home for one of the two games. So AZ and LA only lost one potential home date. Or, the equivalent of what used to be a scheduled doubleheader.
My guess is that the lost home revenue was at least partially offset by the merchandising of Dodger and DBack apparel. For all we know, MLB may have kicked back some money to both teams for the inconvenience of sacrificing a home date and having to go the Australia as well.
I didn't check and see how it was being handled this time - at least one of the times the A's went, they were the home team in both games. And I'm sure they actually came out ahead on that deal revenue-wise.
I don't think it's much different if an east coast team opens their season on the west coast with a night game. As is happening with the Cleveland Indians on Monday, opening their season with a 10pm ET game in Oakland.
If 'm an Indians fan and I have to get up for work at 5am on Tuesday morning, I'm probably not watching much beyond the fist two inning or two of the game, if anything at all.