Ron Badger wrote:I'm not a huge Yankees fan, but I like the fact that they use the no salary cap in Baseball to their advantage. Every M.L.B. team is owned and run by multi-millionaires, but some would rather not spend their money so freely, because they don't have a winning attitude like the Yankees administration does. Boston had the first shot at A-Rod, and they blew it, because they were being to stingy about spending money. Remember you have to be willing to spend money, to make money, and the way to make money in the Majors is to win World Championships.
No revenue sharing of local broadcasting rights or ticket sales. If you think one team deserves not to share theirs, let them play all 81 home games against their AAA club.
People act like baseball is striaght capitialist business. It is not.
If you own a coffee shop, and there are other coffee shops in your market, if you can drive those coffee shops out of business, it turns out great for you. But baseball is not straight business in the fact that you want as many of your opponents to be as competative as possible, because the product baseball sells is that competition.
I could go on and on with other scenarios as well (ever heard of Jiffy Lube sending an assistant manager to Mr. Goodwrench for a mechanic and cashier to be named later?).
If A-Rod goes to the Yankees, NY will now have 6 of the largest contracts in baseball history on their roster.
Ever heard of the term "level playing field". It comes from sports. It applies to sports. Ask yourself this... why is baseball the only major sport without a salary cap and revenue sharing? They must have some value if the NFL, NBA, and NHL have all adopted tem. The Twins make $4 from local broadcasting rights. And you rag on them for not spending $150 million? Where is your business sense?
The NFL has surpassed MLB in viewership because almost every team starts the season with the hope of winning it all. It may not be likely, but it is possible.
I hear people say things like the Twins and Marlins prove that you can win wihout all that money. True. But ask any Twins fan if we like being a college baseball team (our best players graduate after playing here for four years). The Twins weren't looking to add any big free agents this offseason, we just wanted to resign the talent we developed, and couldn't afford to do that. Not surprising, when the Yankees can get something like $50 million for local broadcasting rights and the Twins pull down $4.
And both of those teams had to suffer through years of crap while their yound players developed in the pros because we didn't have anyone better. Meanwhile, the Yankees just reload like no one else can.
I agree that dead beat owners should have to spend money as well, which is why a great way to convince the now out-of-touch players union to agree to a salary cap would be a salary floor as well.
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