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Steelrod
12-06-2005, 01:16 PM
Has anybody stopped and watched the upswing of spending, with the exception of the Yankees. If the NY payroll slips, they will pay less tax, which will result in less income for these teams that are now going over the top for pitching. Teams in the middle of the pay chart receive nothing from the tax.
Also, if I'm not mistaken, theres a chance of the tax being eliminated totally. Where's the income coming from to pay these 4-5 year deals in smaller markets. Only one team gets to win each year. A smart team might hold back for a while, and eventually pick up these players, with the current team paying some of their salary!

Flight #24
12-06-2005, 01:24 PM
Increased spending has a couple of key underpinnings, IMO.

1) Teams starting their own networks and needing "name" players to increase the value of them

2) A lack of the true albatross contracts the past few years, and some of the old ones expiring, meaning teams have a bit more money to spend

3) Lack of a luxury tax for any team other than the BloSox or Spankees in 2006, regardless of the level of payroll due to a loophole in the CBA

4) A piss-poor FA market, which is both inflating the value of the available players and is making some teams look more towards the trade market (thereby decreasing the value of just taking on salary)

Chicken Dinner
12-06-2005, 02:19 PM
Ticket prices have inched up and you can bet that the beer and dogs are also going up. Everything always goes up so there you have it.

Ol' No. 2
12-06-2005, 02:31 PM
Increased spending has a couple of key underpinnings, IMO.

1) Teams starting their own networks and needing "name" players to increase the value of them

2) A lack of the true albatross contracts the past few years, and some of the old ones expiring, meaning teams have a bit more money to spend

3) Lack of a luxury tax for any team other than the BloSox or Spankees in 2006, regardless of the level of payroll due to a loophole in the CBA

4) A piss-poor FA market, which is both inflating the value of the available players and is making some teams look more towards the trade market (thereby decreasing the value of just taking on salary)You can add in revenues for the XM radio contract, increased licensing revenues and the sale of the Nationals. These could add up to more than $20M per team. Plus, attendance is up league-wide.

The chances of revenue sharing or the luxury tax going away with the next CBA are nil.

Lip Man 1
12-06-2005, 02:36 PM
Flight:

Also Bud Selig's report which came out two weeks ago in which he stated that 22 teams out of 29 made money last season probably has something to do with it.

Lip