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NUKE_CLEVELAND
02-05-2002, 04:40 PM
Well, well, well, contraction is dead till next year. How much you want to bet it doesn't happen in 2003 or in any year? What we have here are a couple of teams that don't have a big following ( especially the Expos ) and are loosing more money than Enron. The leauge is right to want to contract them because they are hurting baseball a lot more than they are helping it. Of course you have your politicians & lobbyists who want to protect their own turf & are saying no. So I ask you, what will they say when there is no more MLB? I ask that because the management has their hands AND their legs tied behind their backs by politicans, unions & other assorted jackasses. They can't do anything to improve the health of the leauge without having to spend years in court. So they will do nothing & in a few years time the Sox will be playing in some new organization. Sad, but true.

Daver
02-05-2002, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by NUKE_CLEVELAND
Well, well, well, contraction is dead till next year. How much you want to bet it doesn't happen in 2003 or in any year? What we have here are a couple of teams that don't have a big following ( especially the Expos ) and are loosing more money than Enron. The leauge is right to want to contract them because they are hurting baseball a lot more than they are helping it. Of course you have your politicians & lobbyists who want to protect their own turf & are saying no. So I ask you, what will they say when there is no more MLB? I ask that because the management has their hands AND their legs tied behind their backs by politicans, unions & other assorted jackasses. They can't do anything to improve the health of the leauge without having to spend years in court. So they will do nothing & in a few years time the Sox will be playing in some new organization. Sad, but true.

Nuke the hole in your statement is that it would cost MLB tweice what the franchises are worth to contract them,and not see any real gains from it for 10 years based on the small increase they would have revenue sharing.They would be much better off moving two franchises,that would cost them nothing.

Dadawg_77
02-05-2002, 08:28 PM
The thing is Baseball isn't going anywhere. The vaules of the franchised has increase ten fold since 1980 which comes to a 50% rate of return before adjusting for inflation. There are always suitors for teams so liquidity isn't a problem. Baseball and other pro sports are money making machines, they just don't turn a profit. Don't let Baseball ownership to fool you into believe this is a dying game.

czalgosz
02-05-2002, 09:40 PM
The whole reason that contraction was brought up was because of the Montreal/Minnesota Business Plan - where you run your organization as cheaply as possible, don't give a damn whether fans show up or not, and rake in the profit-sharing loot and simply pocket it. The Twins, for instance, took in more money in profit-sharing alone than they paid out to their players in 2001.

Of course, the logical solution would be to put in some sort of salary floor, to force the Twins to put the money back into their players, but that would defeat the purpose of the whole thing, which is not about competitive balance, it's not about profit inequity, it's about decreasing labor costs.

Baseball has problems. Some of them, like the built-in unfairness of the system, have been there since they started playing baseball. But the owners are only using those problems to mask what they're really trying to do, which is lower player costs.

The really ironic thing about all this is that, unless you are fortunate enough to be on the Yankees, chances are you're not getting a raise this year. All across the board, players are taking big pay cuts just to stay employed, with some notable exceptions. Because the owners (except Steinbrenner) have to exercise some fiscal responsibility this winter so that they don't look like the lying bastards they are, the free market is actually working. If they could just put Steinbrenner in a padded cell for the rest of his life, put a salary cap just for the Yankees in place, and get all the other owners to continue behaving the way they are this winter, this whole system might just work.