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Philadelphia Phillies' $2 billion-plus TV deal opens the game

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The Philadelphia Phillies new cable deal with Comcast SportsNet is larger and longer than originally projected. Twenty-five years and $2.5 billion are the new numbers, with money beginning to flow in the 2016 season. As to how this new agreement impacts the team's competitive nature remains an open question.

Bumping rights' fees from approximately $35 million per season to amounts that are expected to start in the range of $65 million (heading higher as the future unfolds) annually means that the Phillies will be able to buy an apartment just below the penthouse level that the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels currently occupy.

Whoever occupies Philadelphia's front office as the calender turns is sure to use increased revenues and an expanding luxury tax limit to make the Phillies as competitive as possible. Regardless of television agreements, drawing fans to the stands still affects the bottom line.

Based upon moves made since 2012, it can't be said that the organization actually believes its 2014 roster is World Series-worthy.

A major financial decision was made in December 2002 when free agent Jim Thome was signed. That transaction came to pass in preparation for the opening of Citizens Bank Park in 2004. With this baseball corporation's history in mind, it will be interesting to see what money choices are made through next off-season before this new money windfall arrives.

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