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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from heresthething in MLB working on in-market streaming service for 2023   
    I think this is the meat of it.  Those local cable deals are about to go away.  Baseball is going to have to pay their way out of every regional contract at some point and get a national, shared revenue stream going.  Regional broadcasting limits the way the league markets the product, creates massive disparities in revenues, and causes this spiderweb of broadcasting that pretty much everybody gets annoyed with at some point or another.
    $20 for all three sports might be a plausible selling point, but it's at the very top end of plausible.  People get a helluva lot more with their streaming dollars than that proposal most of the time.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from gunnarthor in 2021 Season Thread   
    Here's the thing, if you ignore that last drive for 96 yards.....the defense played a damn good game.  They created turnovers, pressured the QB, and generally played ok run defense.  That last drive was infuriating for sure, but overall the defense continues to do it's job to help a team win.  And yet....there they were nearly blowing it on the last possession.
    The offense moves the ball at will some drives, sputters too often inside the 10, still puts up a bunch of points, but also went 3 and out too often and wasted opportunities.  It's a good unit most of the time....and yet....they can't seem to engineer that drive that puts things away until the last moment.  That game should've been over several times had they finished it.
    Special teams cost us 7 today but also had a nice return, some really nice punts, but also missed FGs..  
    They are so bi-polar I can't get a read on what to expect of them.  They should be 4-2 or even 5-1, but 3-3 seems fitting considering how hard they make it on themselves.  I really like by Christmas they are probably a 7-7 team with the same frustrations.
    That said, there is a lot of weirdness out there in the NFL.  
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    TheLeviathan reacted to RonCoomersOPS in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    That, and the whole "being owned by billionaires" thing.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Sconnie in Student Loan Debt   
    I agree with this take that student loans aren’t the rich taking from the poor. Also agreed that throwing money at it may not be the right direction.
    https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/student-loan-statistics/
     
    10% of all student borrowers (4.7 million) are in default. Half of them have less than 10k in debt, those are people who dropped out early and clearly fall into economically disadvantaged. Clearly this category needs money thrown at it from a debt relief stand point, but it’s only 5% of borrowers and <$24 bil, less than 2% of total student loan debt.
    as a recent grad school graduate, I fell into the category of 40% of all student debt is grad school debt. I’m not exactly excited to forgive debt for doctors who make $300k per year, and MBAers making 6 figures.
    A bachelor degree doesn’t get you what it used to, but it costs more. The institutions provide less value and use more unscrupulous advertising and recruitment methods. I don’t think throwing money at that solves it. The degree itself should matter on the Federal loan terms, as should where the student works on the backside.
    Medicare negotiates with providers on pricing and fees. HUD/FTHB requires home value and appraisal with limits on the loan. Shouldn’t FAFSA as well? X degree is worth X on the open market, the institution can only charge X for the degree/credit.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from Mike Sixel in MLB working on in-market streaming service for 2023   
    I think this is the meat of it.  Those local cable deals are about to go away.  Baseball is going to have to pay their way out of every regional contract at some point and get a national, shared revenue stream going.  Regional broadcasting limits the way the league markets the product, creates massive disparities in revenues, and causes this spiderweb of broadcasting that pretty much everybody gets annoyed with at some point or another.
    $20 for all three sports might be a plausible selling point, but it's at the very top end of plausible.  People get a helluva lot more with their streaming dollars than that proposal most of the time.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to KirbyDome89 in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    I think you're conflating availability with affordability. 
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    TheLeviathan reacted to bean5302 in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    I don't think the CBA really factors into this much. MLB players haven't traditionally cared about MiLB players when negotiating previous CBA's.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to heresthething in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    Guaranteed it is.  It's noise the owners don't want coming into the CBA.  Having said that, hopefully this is a win-win scenario.  it won't be perfect day one but ya gotta start somewhere and this is a big step.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to nicksaviking in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    Great, about time.
    Now MLB, just don't drop the ball when it comes to who's living with the players. Lots of these guys have families; wives and kids, I'm sure that will be fine. But there are a lot of cultures represented in MiLB and many of the Latin guys are used to living with extended family. Don't go to battle over this stuff.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from nicksaviking in 2021 Season Thread   
    Yeah, it's annoying and I've always hated how Zimmer's defenses, even when good, never feel dominant.  Nevertheless, they kicked that offense's ass for 3 and 3/4 quarters.  Short of a bunch of stupid special teams and turnover issues that game never would've been close.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from DocBauer in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    'Bout damn time really.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Vanimal46 in 2021 Season Thread   
    I don’t think the Vikings are a special team, but 6 weeks in I think they are a wild card team. I still think Tampa Bay is the class of the conference. Arizona and LA look like solid contenders to take down TB. Green Bay is winning on smoke and mirrors, and Dallas is always prime for a late season melt down. 
    Then there’s a bunch of flawed 3-3 and 2-4 teams. Honestly, Minnesota looks the best out of that bunch (Panthers, Bears, 49ers, Falcons, Eagles, WFT). 
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from Sconnie in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    'Bout damn time really.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from 4twinsJA in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    'Bout damn time really.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to RonCoomersOPS in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    I'm fairly certain the billionaire team owners will be able to afford giving minor leaguers nice, comfortable accomodations regardless of which market they live in.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    I think #1 and #3 are well argued and plausible.  Ryan's deception is legit and Kiriloff looks like a pro IMO. 
    I think #2 and #4 were the right archetypes for this blog but the wrong players.  Jax, if he ever becomes that reliever, almost certainly won't do it in 2022.  The guy that could is Alcala.  His results speak to a young man who has turned the corner and could be lights out.  And the guy who should have been #4 IMO was Marten who is much closer to pro ready and might be the kind of do-it-all LF that could transform the lineup and the outfield D.  He could be this team's Whit Merrifield and has a much better chance of it in the near term than Lewis.
    I still believe in Lewis, but the kid is going to need some patience.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Doctor Gast in No Half Measures   
    That trade  suggestion stinks on many levels. 1st it adds to our 40 man dilemma, 2nd reduces our impact level, 3rd it doesn't reduce the payroll that much, 4th I believe Miranda isn't ready quite yet and could use the mentoring that Donaldson would provide (not saying that he could put some time in the majors this year). Hopefully we can find an adequate and cheaper CF sub than Bradley.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Mike Sixel in MLB teams to provide housing for minor leaguers in 2022   
    We don't know the details yet........
     
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Eddie Rosario   
    IMO, for the past few offseasons they've failed to acquire a rather available player: a legit backup defensive centerfielder that also hits right-handed.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Eddie Rosario   
    No, I'm talking about why they kept entering seasons with Cave as the designated backup outfielder when Kepler, Kirilloff, and Rosario are all left-handed. The one thing the Twins didn't need was another left-handed outfielder, they were already all stocked up on those.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Danchat in 2021 Season Thread   
    What an infuriating game, 570 yards of offense, yet they had to win in overtime. The Panthers' offense was an abomination, with Darnold making continuous mistakes and his receivers somehow playing even worse. Getting to 3-3 after starting 0-2 is nice, but our schedule is as tough as needles going forward. They must play better than this if they want to stay in the playoff picture.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from Danchat in 2021 Season Thread   
    I'm still not sure what to make of this team.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to terrydactyls in 7 step plan for offseason   
    If you are just going to throw out off-season goals without any pathway to achieving them, why not set your sights higher?  How about: just sign Max Scherzer, Kevin Gausman, Robbie Ray, Carlos Rodon, Marcus Stroman, and Noah Syndergaard as starters, Javier Biez, Freddie Freeman, and Carlos Correa to strengthen the infield, Chris Taylor and Sterling Marte as utility players.  Okay, front office, now go get it done.  Oh wait!!  Get three of four outstanding relief pitchers while you're out shopping.  And pick up a Snickers Bar for me.  Easy - Peasey.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from MN_ExPat in 4 Plausible Developments That Would Dramatically Alter the Twins' Fortunes   
    I think #1 and #3 are well argued and plausible.  Ryan's deception is legit and Kiriloff looks like a pro IMO. 
    I think #2 and #4 were the right archetypes for this blog but the wrong players.  Jax, if he ever becomes that reliever, almost certainly won't do it in 2022.  The guy that could is Alcala.  His results speak to a young man who has turned the corner and could be lights out.  And the guy who should have been #4 IMO was Marten who is much closer to pro ready and might be the kind of do-it-all LF that could transform the lineup and the outfield D.  He could be this team's Whit Merrifield and has a much better chance of it in the near term than Lewis.
    I still believe in Lewis, but the kid is going to need some patience.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Danchat in 2021 Season Thread   
    I like Daboll. I dunno about Bowles, he flunked out in his first try with the Jets. While the organization made him look worse than he really was, he still strikes me as a guy who is best used as a defensive coordinator, like Zimmer. I'd rather opt for offensive stability by hiring an offensive-minded HC.
    I wouldn't be completely close-minded to a defensive-oriented HC - a good example is the Chargers' Brandon Staley, who got the job over Daboll. He's ensured their offense has been as aggressive as humanly possible, and it's working. And it's not like the up-and-coming OC is a surefire hit, as we could easily get trapped with the next Matt Nagy.
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