I may be on an island on this one, but I found it very disappointing when I saw that - for the first time in team history - there will not be a single Timberwolf game available on broadcast TV. While I'm not as thoroughly and completely tuned in to the team as many others that frequent this site; I have nonetheless followed this team through thick and (mostly) thin over the past 18 or so years since I moved to town.
But as much as I am a fan, I absolutely cannot justify cable TV in my monthly budget. I'm the sole breadwinner for a family of four. We scrape by on my modest nonprofit income. I generally have no complaints - I'm living the dream! But part of that dream excludes a majority of what I would consider luxuries - cable TV included. And I guess it's not even that I have a beef about the Wolves not having viewership to support a broadcast TV contract, or however that works - it's a business and I get that. But my main issue is with the limited, limited delivery system for these games. In this day & age, with so many pay-per-view options, streaming Netflix, et. al - how is it possible that the vehicle does not exist such that I can pay to watch the Wolves on a per-game or per-season basis? Let me repeat: I want to pay to watch the Wolves on TV. I just don't want to pay $56/month for a 12+ month contract.
Some financial whiz will probably try and explain to me the economies of scale & exclusivity inherent in Fox Sports North & team contracts & whatnot; but that's probably the same financial whiz who would have (10 years ago) explained to me why it made sense that I couldn't legitimately pay to download music. All I know is somebody is leaving $$ on the table. It just reeks of the "prevent defense," small-minded thinking that sinks industries with leaders who refuse to see the way the winds are blowing. When are cable networks going to get their act together and move on ala carte options?