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Report: Phillies Set to Sign TV Deal with Comcast

According to a report from The Philadelphia Daily News, the Phillies are set to agree on a new TV deal with Comcast Sportsnet that could be up to 25 years. Here is what a spokesperson from Comcast told the Daily News:

“We’re pleased to confirm that NBCUniversal and Comcast SportsNet have signed a new long-term deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that will expand Comcast SportsNet’s role as the Phillies’ primary TV partner,” the spokesman said. “Although the terms of the comprehensive deal are confidential, details surrounding the 2014 schedule of games will be provided in the coming months.”
There have been multiple tweets from some of the beat reporters that the deal is between 20 and 25 years.
Also, just this past year the L.A. Dodgers inked a 25-year deal with FOX for $7 billion; it pays roughly $140 million annually. In the Daily News article, Dave Murphy writes that the Rangers see $80 million per season with their new deal and a 10 percent equity stake while collecting a one-time $100 million fee. The Astros and Padres collect $60 million per season. So, you can come to your own conclusions with the money involved in this deal.


  1. marie

    January 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Come on philliez. When u gonna get ur own station so everyone can see all games. I do not like comcast n will have nothing to do with them.

  2. bacardipr

    January 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I hate Comcast myself Marie. I use to work for them a little over 10 years ago. I guess its a necessary evil ugh!

  3. branden

    January 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I’m sick of Comcast and not being able to watch the games I hate Comcast, this calls for a boycott lol. No but they would get much better ratings.

  4. AJ

    January 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Any chance we get to see Phillies Games on Directv with the new deal?

    • Jay

      January 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Yea I wish but no it’s going to be 20 years of garbage comcast just to watch the Phils

  5. Mike B.

    January 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Uh-oh; Ruben has a bigger shovel.

  6. Spainb

    January 2, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Does this mean availability of games on direct tv? Oh, not really? We’ll comcast still sucks then.

    • Mike B.

      January 3, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Why would Comcast give up that competitive advantage? Do you complain that NFL Sunday Ticket isn’t available on Comcast or DISH or Verizon?

      • Fred M.

        May 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm

        NFL Sunday Ticket is competitively bid, unlike Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia.

        In other words, Comcast has a SHOT at NFL Sunday Ticket through the free market. That isn’t the case for Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia.

        Even worse, in the case of the Flyers, Comcast owns the team AND Comcast Sportsnet, effectively giving it monopoly power in perpetuity.

  7. anthony

    January 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Don’t like comcast myself you have play the game.The length of the contract is really disturbing, oh well.

  8. Mike B.

    January 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    About the same as the Dodgers deal.

  9. TommyMacWFC

    January 2, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I Love this deal. It would have been terrible if FOX signed the Phillies. Comcast has great coverage of the Phillies. I love being able to watch all 162 games. I’m betting there is some big time money involved too.

  10. gibbs57

    January 3, 2014 at 12:28 am

    20-25 more years with comcast?? I thought that the phils were going to get a deal where more fans could watch their games. Hopefully getting the channel on directv is part of the deal. Doubt it.

  11. Martin H

    January 3, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Good Deal !!! Holey Moley!! There are so many people who HATE anything that Ruben does that even a Big Positive thing like this will be treated like Crap…

  12. EricL

    January 3, 2014 at 3:24 am

    The Dodgers deal is closer to $300 million a year than the stated $140.

    I don’t think this will be as large as the Dodgers deal, only because the LA market is bigger and younger, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Phillies annual payment surpass $150 million.

    • Mike B.

      January 3, 2014 at 8:19 am

      True, but the Dodgers share that market. I would expect this deal to be smaller, mostly because the term is apparently only 20 years, versus 25 for the Dodgers’ deal. But the AAV might be pretty close, especially given that the Dodgers’ deal includes an ownership stake.

      20 years, $5.5B?

  13. Billy Boy

    January 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Good news! Comcast, what a great hometown company! They do so much for charity. Love them!

  14. Billy Boy

    January 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Direct TV blows!

  15. Tom taylor

    January 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Does this mean they may have a larger regional footprint….. Save me in Balt Phillies For good sake save me!!!!!!!

    • Lefty

      January 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Sorry Tom but I have serious doubts that MASN would ever give up their rights to Baltimore. I am in the same boat with you, wish there was some way to change it.

  16. Josh Stein

    January 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    25 years at 2.5 billion Phillies get 25% stake in csn philly and additional ad revenue so deal could come to about $150 million a year

  17. DavidE

    January 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Sounds good for the Phillies. A drop off from the Angels and Dodgers deal but what can you do.

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