One More Beer wrote:Teams like the Yankees and now the BoSox are what is ruining this game. It isn't about the WINNING anymore, it is all about BUYING the championship.
I pray to my God that both of these teams totally flop... For the good of the GAME.
selig and the players union is what is ruining the game.
the yankees and boston are good for the game. why you ask? because they are trying to win. what are the brewers doing? what are the pirates doing? looks like they are trying to lose. and to make things worse the owners of these teams have everything backwards. you can see a decent return by way of year to year net income in the nfl and for select mlb teams. but generally speaking, if an mlb owner wants to see a return on investment it is through capital appreciation (i.e. invest in the team - the stadium, the players, and so on then sell the team in 20 or 30 years). that is how an owner makes money in mlb. this is not an opinion. this is a fact--contact any appraisal firm with experience appraising sports franchises (and as it so happens i actually have a small amount of experience in this area). most nfl teams have decent cash flow and some mlb ones too, but for the most part cash flows can vary dramatically from year to year for mlb teams. the best way to see a return is through appreciation, just like owning a home. you have to spend a little bit of money on it - give it a fresh coat of paint, finish the basement, make an addition. a house still costs you money even if the mortgage is paid off. but when you sell it, you usually recoup the investment and then some. that is what the owners of the pirates and brewers and others should be concentrating on. the fact that they are slashing payroll and trading players because they had an operating loss for one year really worries me. by that logic they will only have success if they fall ass backwards into it. how some of these owners ever got enough money to buy a team is beyond me. that is what is wrong with the game. that and 8 dollar beers.