American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued a statement on Oct. 2 commenting on news that Major League Baseball had completed new eight-year TV deals worth $12.4 billion with ESPN, Fox and TBS.
"The plain truth is that these MLB deals will send monthly pay-TV bills streaking skyward. They will make life hard for families whose incomes, hammered by the recession, can't keep pace with the greed of broadcasters, cable networks and sports leagues," Polka said.
He added that these MLB deals follow the announcement of equally harmful deals between the National Football League and CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN worth more than $42 billion," Polka said.
"Cable or satellite TV service consisting of a few dozen channels at a reasonable price is a great deal. But insane sports contracts are destroying a business model that once balanced the interests of consumers, pay-TV operators, programmers and advertisers. If sports leagues, broadcasters, and programmers are unable to moderate themselves, then ACA will have no choice but to join with consumers to seek intervention in this increasingly broken marketplace."
A day later, Polka went on Orlando, Fl., sports radio station 740 AM to explain how these and other sports TV deals will increase monthly pay-TV bills while allowing no room for consumers who are not sports fans to escape paying these higher rates. Hear the radio interview here.