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Re: The Business of Baseball

Postby jswede » Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:03 pm

deerayfan072 wrote:The point i am trying to make is that sports Franchises are not supposed to be run to make huge profits. i know it is a buisness, but IMO they should be as close as possible to breaking even IF that makes them able to win. What i get tired of hearing is that people cannot compete b/c they don't have the money, the fact is they do, but refuse to cut into there long term profit.


The key of what you just said was "IMO". Nobody in their right mind is going to invest hundreds of millions in anything to break even. I doubt you would either. Some of these owners will gladly make a "little less", if it means to win, but not a lot less - no way. The KC owner will gladly absolutely stink - and smile all the way to the bank - that's his way of "winning".

When the money got big, due in large part to fans' increased interest, it ironically became less and less the fans' teams. As the title of the thread states...
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Re: The Business of Baseball

Postby deerayfan072 » Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:07 pm

jswede wrote:
deerayfan072 wrote:The point i am trying to make is that sports Franchises are not supposed to be run to make huge profits. i know it is a buisness, but IMO they should be as close as possible to breaking even IF that makes them able to win. What i get tired of hearing is that people cannot compete b/c they don't have the money, the fact is they do, but refuse to cut into there long term profit.


The key of what you just said was "IMO". Nobody in their right mind is going to invest hundreds of millions in anything to break even. I doubt you would either. Some of these owners will gladly make a "little less", if it means to win, but not a lot less - no way. The KC owner will gladly absolutely stink - and smile all the way to the bank - that's his way of "winning".

When the money got big, due in large part to fans' increased interest, it ironically became less and less the fans' teams. As the title of the thread states...


Right, but owning a sports franchise is like a toy to these people, it liek the way Snyder runs his football team, he pays to try and win, its not a business you buy it becuase you have the money and can. I guess i think owners should buy a team to try and make it win, not make money, but as you have pointed out thats not the way its run, it is a buisness now and i guess i should realize that :/
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Re: The Business of Baseball

Postby wrveres » Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:18 am

The big profit for the owners is not the year to year profit, but the value of the franchise when it comes time to sell, versus what they paid for it.
I disagree that teams should be close to "Breaking even". It is their team, and they can run it as they choose. If they run it into the ground, it will show in the turnstiles. or should!
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