‘Major League Baseball teams are recipients of all kinds of government assistance and tax breaks,’ fumed Brannan, a diehard Mets fan. ‘The least they should have to do … is to allow the taxpaying public to watch games on regular television.’
It is not that Mr. Brannan is wrong per se, but perhaps he is missing the forest through the trees. See where he notes that “Major League Baseball teams are recipients of all kinds of government assistance and tax breaks…” Why is that? To be sure, Yankees and Mets fans have reason to be disgruntled about not being able to watch some home games without paying for additional streaming services. But what of the majority of New Yorkers who are paying for the Yankees and the Mets without watching any baseball at all?