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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

How baseball owners came to value profits over World Series titles

Maybe it’s collusion, maybe it’s the economics of a broken system. Former MLB commissioner Peter Ueberroth once told league owners they were “damned dumb” for prioritizing winning over making money, and today’s owners seem to agree. Why try when trying costs money? It’s this attitude that has helped MLB’s luxury tax threshold work more like a salary cap, one so effective teams avoid coming within tens of millions of it, as too many of them would rather turn a profit than win the World Series.

Compare this with what’s expected of the players, who must abide by MLB’s Rule 21: players must “give [their] best efforts towards the winning of any baseball game.” Players must try their hardest, but teams and owners do not need to do the same if it gets in the way of profits. How is this, or telling fans to be fine with paying full-price for tickets and concessions and merchandise for teams promising they’ll get around to trying again in three or four or five years, fair?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2019 at 08:44 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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