BDD: Cause and Effect

At Baseball Daily Digest, I argue that the Yankees’ unlimited amount of money isn’t the cause of baseball’s financial inequalities; it is an effect.

Any fan would love to have George Steinbrenner as the owner of his or her favorite team. Steinbrenner clearly has a personal –  not to be confused with financial — stake in the success of his team and would sail to the edge of the Earth to put his team in a great position to succeed. Conversely, we would all hate to have Pohlad as an owner because his actions bespoke viewing the players as dollar signs. Star free agents gave Pohlad nightmares of money being thrown out of a Rolls-Royce convertible on a windy day in the Hamptons.

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  1. Rockdog

    November 12, 2009 10:49 AM

    Good article. However, I doubt that a salary cap and floor would help much. All that a salary cap would do is let the owners keep more money, at the expense of the players. And a floor is unlikely to work — making owners pay more seems unlikely to help them compete. I also doubt that the players (cap) or the owners (floor) would agree to your suggestions.

    The heart of the problem is that many rich owners run their teams to maximize profit, instead of trying to win at all costs. Finding more owners who really, realy want their teams to win would be a good start. Although this would make many of the current owners look bad — I mean, how many of these guys are pocketing revenue sharing and luxury tax money right now?

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