Ever since the Los Angeles Dodgers signed their television contract worth $7 billion, that's right - billion, eyes have turned towards teams with expiring deals in other large markets and the Phillies are a popular pick.
The team's current television deal with Comcast Sportsnet is up following the 2015 season and the Phillies could be looking to cash in. Can you blame them? The Dodgers haven't won a World Series, or even reached the World Series, since 1988 yet they were able to cash in for $7 billion. The Phillies aired on Comcast Sportsnet during the best stretch of baseball the franchise has ever seen which included five-straight division titles, back-to-back World Series appearances, and one World Series title.
The Phillies team president David Montgomery spoke with The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb about the contract situation and how the Phillies are proceeding with negotiations. Montgomery revealed that the Phillies are not, and cannot, speak with any other potential bidder aside from the incumbent, Comcast Sportsnet. Montgomery said "contractually" they are bound to only speak with CSN but added "I don't know how fruitful they will be" when talking about the negotiations with Comcast Sportsnet.
It certainly sounds like the Phillies are in a position to get paid following the 2015 season. It also sounds like they are talking to Comcast Sportsnet with full intentions of testing the open market. Either way, it should be interesting to see what direction the Phillies head.
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