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Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Economist: A singularly team-friendly deal

The magazine’s sports blog argues that human-capital contracts are the solution to the imbalance in bargaining leverage demonstrated by Jon Singleton’s team-friendly deal.

If players like Mr Singleton are willing to offer such generous deals to their employers to lock in a few million, presumably they would give outside investors similarly advantageous terms. With today’s low interest rates, a well-heeled speculator could surely have achieved an expected return far above the market average by giving Mr Singleton a few million dollars, even accounting for the high risk premium associated with the future cash flows of a player with no experience in MLB. Investors could do even better by buying a portfolio of young players, balancing out their individual risks just as insurers do while still pocketing the same profit. The lack of correlation between baseball players’ performances and the gyrations of financial markets is a further selling point.


 

 

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