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October 31, 2006

New Agreement Offers Incentive for Bad Teams to Get Better

One thing that we heard repeatedly was that the previous version of revenue-sharing in major league baseball actually discouraged struggling small-market teams like the woeful Pittsburgh Pirates from trying to become more competitive. Large-market teams such as the Mets watched as their revenue-sharing dollars were pocketed by the ownership of...

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May 31, 2006

Stop Confusing Major League Baseball with the NFL

In an article for Yahoo Sports, Jeff Passan makes a valid point on the draconian nature of MLB's blackout policy, but, as so many others have done, he allows himself to meander into fantastical nonsense: Jey Cho is 24 years old. He helps manage trusts. He enjoys watching the Oakland...

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May 8, 2006

Why MLB's Revenue Sharing Concerns Us All

According to Maury Brown in the Hardball Times, the New York Mets contributed $24 million in MLB revenue sharing dollars last year. Regular readers of this site know that I have a strong opinion on the use of revenue sharing to level the playing field in major league baseball. Although...

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March 2, 2006

Trouble in Paradise?

Does anyone else find it significant that NFL owners are bickering among themselves about revenue sharing? The NFL is supposed to represent the pinnacle of parity and equal opportunity. Due to a massive national television contract that is split equally among all, cities like Jacksonville, Nashville and Indianapolis are able...

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February 25, 2006

Define "fair"

Revenue sharing, which is supposed to make MLB more "fair", can actually be quite unfair to large market teams and their fans. I've written a series of related pieces, beginning with Major League Franchises Need to Be in Major League Cities, where I have discussed the whole large market vs....

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January 31, 2006

Why build a new stadium when all it needs is a coat of paint?

In today's Mets news roundup, our first stop brings us back to what has become a familiar subject. Baseball Prospectus: More stadium tap-dancing In today's Baseball Prospectus Mailbag, Neil deMause answers some e-mails regarding his views on stadium financing. As I've been on this a couple of times, I would...

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January 30, 2006

New Mailbag; More on the New Stadium

Mets beat reporter Marty Noble answers questions from fans, including a couple of thought-provoking response concerning Carlos Beltran and how fast to push a promising prospect. I also revisit whether it is "fair" to use Baseball Revenue Sharing dollars to finance a stadium. Mets.com: Marty's got a brand new bag...

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January 23, 2006

Should Mets fans feel guilty about the new stadium?

Our Monday look at the New York Mets news offers a potpourri of stories, including a Tom Glavine feature, Baseball America's scouting report on Mike Pelfrey, some dubious small-market stadium whining, and a Jeff Reardon update. Daily News: Tom Glavine Profile Anthony McCarron profiles Tom Glavine, who is in the...

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January 14, 2006

Major League Franchises Need to Be in Major League Cities

Due to a visit to celebrate my Aunt's 70th birthday, I will not be posting this weekend. I leave you with this somewhat long opinion piece. In Tough to stay competitive, an article on ESPN Insider, Peter Gammons makes some interesting points regarding the effect of expansion on the game...

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