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Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Winning when it counts

St. Louis Cardinals weekly chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.

Late Wednesday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our regular series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” This week, we discussed the conclusion of the Cardinals regular season as well as a look ahead to a potential Wild Card game.

Cardinals followers in central Iowa can again catch St. Louis Cardinals radio broadcasts on KXnO as well as my regular segment each week throughout the season, either over the air or via streaming. My appearances are sponsored by WCI Pools and Spas.

Click here for audio: Brian Walton with Ken Miller and Jim Brinson (9:12)

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38 Responses to “Cardinal talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Winning when it counts”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Sometimes I feel like Bernie reads my comments for ideas about what he should write.. Like today, his column was about how Pete Kozma is leading the charge to the playoffs. Write on there, Bernie, you have that right.

  2. blingboy says:

    He’s looking like the Kozma know and don’t love tonight.

  3. blingboy says:

    I like Miller running the heater in on the guys hands, hope it was on purpose.

  4. blingboy says:

    Getting shut out by the Astros is revolting. Carp probably wishes he’d just gone fishing. I’m really getting tired of bad baseball. Maybe I’ll pass on the Nats series. There aren’t going to be too many more nice weekends.

    • kray66 says:

      I agree. I have a landscaping project to get finished. Unfortunately I’m taking the in-laws to Sunday’s game. Nice seats in the BOA Club though.

      I’m hoping they play well so I’m not tempted to overindulge in free Budweiser and brownies. Might make the 3-hr ride home with the in-laws interesting.

  5. crdswmn says:

    That was one of the worst offensive performance from this team all season. Just embarrassing. Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran are just liabilities right now. Both need to sit on the bench.

    Awful, just pathetically awful.

  6. blingboy says:

    Holliday made more money last night than Houston’s active roster.

    For what its worth, there were only two guys in the Cards lineup making any money, the rest were minimum wage guys. Three counting the pitcher.

  7. blingboy says:

    Brewers pen blew it in the 9th.

  8. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    “McCourt had a lot of leverage, because MLB did not want a public hearing on the inconsistencies with which it treats teams,” said Salerno, who represented the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes in bankruptcy proceedings in 2009.

    • blingboy says:

      Elightening articles, Westy.

      As I understand it, MLB knows that a team can use accounting strategies to turn ‘shareable’ rights revenue into into something else that does not have to be shared with poor teams. So, in the case of the Dodgers, MLB and the team agreed that there would be a minimum of $84M per year rights revenue, 34% of which would have to be shared as per the rules.

      The Dodgers then negotiated their rights deal which will pay out something like three times that much in revenue to a regional sprts network. The new owners of the Dodgers will also be the owners of the regional sports network which will receive all of the rights money and pay out $84M per year of the rights revenue to the Dodgers (34% of which will have to be shared), and the rights revenue over and above $84M will be be retained as profit by the regional sports network and then paid out to it’s owners as dividends, which is not shareable.

      The point was made in the Bloomberg article that since this means many millions more into the pockets of the owners over the life of the deal, it was a big factor in the new owners paying a record price for the Dodgers.

      Obviously, then, MLB can use this meathod to greatly affect a franchise’s value, since the revenue stream to the owners can be greatly affected by setting how much of the rights money will go to the team as shareable rights revenue and how much will go into the pockets of the owners in a non shareable form.

      The inference is made that MLB can favor one team over another by giving owners like the Dodgers new owners this kind of a sweatheart deal and not doing a similar deal with another club that has a lot of rights money coming in.

      So I suppose that in theory MLB could use this means to affect the economic competitive balance between, say, the Dodgers and the Angels, by determining how much of each team’s rights money it’s owners will have to share.

      • CariocaCardinal says:

        Unless I am reading this wrong, the Dodgers haven’t renegotiated their rights deal – yet. The article just talks about the potential of this happening and it only happens this way if the Dodgers create their own regional network (which they haven’t done yet). Despite Westie’s highlighted quote the article also gives other opinions (such as the one by the MLB rep that says they wouldn’t be able to avoid the revenue sharing) and the bottom line is it will all be up to a judge and isnt clear cut.

        As far as competitive balance goes, I dont think the articles imply that MLB did something to up the value of the Dodgers but simply that they screwed up.

        • blingboy says:

          I think your take on it is well put. But the thing to remember is that ‘MLB’ IS the owners. Selig’s office will not take any more money out of the pockets of the richest and most powerful owners than required by the CBA. It’s not the poor teams that are the MLB cash cows, they’re just the Washington Generals of the major leagues.

          • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

            The two articles are very nuanced…….. In essence what they say/reveal is…….. the commissioner has very strong discretionary powers………….and in tandem with lets say…. FOX SPORTS business interests,….. they are very powerful indeed………….. so powerful that these issues were the major topic in the 2010 “confidential” collusion hearings………………. the ones that set up the guild lines for the AP move……….. you might look at the Rsox “bailout” a little differently if you realize that the largess to complete it was based on promises in the use of these special powers…………….. not by arbitrary law rulings……. Selig didn’t want a bankruptcy hearing for these very reasons………..not because they were a hindrance…..but because of what they reveal about his “powers”……….. …….. ………….. tip of the iceberg……….. you can relax Brian……….. I see no reason to “trouble”…. your handlers…… I am well positioned.

            • blingboy says:

              It makes sense to want to have a big draw in a big market. A big baseball market, not Miami. A bigger pie to carve up, even if not all of it gets carved. I can see where the owners, most of them, would favor giving Bud whatever double secret powers it takes to get resouces into the position needed to maximize the cash flow.

              Of course, the big draw didn’t draw fies, but that is the rights buyer’s problem.

              • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

                I have a feeling the AP story is a long ways from over BB. ……. Tony’s too ……….. its going to be fun to watch…………. Albert is hitting doubles at present……..with ease…… he isn’t stupid…….. I bet he would agree to a trade under the right circumstances ……….. I bet you could imagine those circumstances…..

            • Brian Walton says:

              The idea that the commissioner has very broad powers is pretty well understood, I suspect. The specifics of how they are used are mostly open to speculation only, but it seems very reasonable to assume they are doing what they feel they need to do to further their interests.

              • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

                Your self described “iceberg” is so large Brian………….I can see a few penguins walking around on its tip………………… like the 42 Mets accounts in Bernie Madoff’s Egyptian fantasy…………

                • JumboShrimp says:

                  Westie, you are onto some funky stuff. FOX SPORTS may put a bounty out on you. Take care, man. It would be a bummer if Roger Ailles puts you in the cell right next to Bernie Madoff.

                • blingboy says:

                  Thanks guys. I had been waiting for sombody else to reply to that comment in case it wasn’t really there. Since it is there, I will say that I like the imagery.

            • CariocaCardinal says:

              Do you just make this stuff up or does some other person whisper this in your ear and you repeat it? Do you reveal all in your upcoming memoir?

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      Westie, back in time to tell us how you predicted the Cardinals would win after Albert left? Or back to eat crow after you told us later in the season this Cardinal team wouldn’t win squat?

  9. blingboy says:

    I wanted to mention that over on the main site the message board community’s vote for the top 40 prospects has gotten beyong the top group of hot prospects and into the next tier of guys that most folks (including me) don’t know squat about. This seems to have encouraged some folks who do know more about it to speak up about some of these guys. It’s very interesting and a chance to get more familiar with the prospects who might be coming into the picture in coming years.

    Here is the link to the thread. When you get there, you can go back to page one for the scoop on what the procedure is and for an up to date list of the prospects voted to the list so far.

  10. JumboShrimp says:

    Five in the first. Hope we get 40 for the game.

    Go Pete!

  11. JumboShrimp says:

    It would be great to play the Nationals in the playoffs.

    Its sad to beat down fellow World Champ Edwin Jackson, inflate his ERA, and lay some hurt his next contract. But Pete, Yadier, and the good guys have to take care of business. We are warming up for the Braves.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Lets give Yadier the rest of the night off. And Beltran and Holliday. Pete can handle the rest of the scoring.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Great job by our boys tonight, smushing the hapless Nationals. It was no contest. way to go Shane and Tony, picking up after Yadier and Pete left off.

        Lets get back after the Nats and do it all over again tomorrow!

  12. Bw52 says:

    Side note-Homer Bailey Reds just no-hit the Pirates 1-0.

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