exelon patch pour la vente flomax gУЉnУЉrique de l'image prix du cialis gУЉnУЉrique version gУЉnУЉrique de lamisil ce qui est chlorhydrate de bupropion xl 150 mg utilisУЉ pour lipitor gУЉnУЉrique photos combien 5mg cialis puis-je prendre lipitor marque gУЉnУЉrique 200 mg de doxycycline pour l'acnУЉ lamisil prix en inde doxycycline augmentation rУЉcente des prix cialis 20 mg en afrique du sud comment acheter neurontin en ligne augmentin 625mg prix en inde xenical prix aux etats-unis combien famvir coУЛt en irlande risperdal pour trouble de l'humeur ace pilules de rУЉgime et le zoloft keflex 500 mg para que servir acheter У bas prix viagra de l'inde oУЙ acheter arimidex en canada acheter voltaren gel de diclofenac sodique de gel topique 1 comparaison de prix claritin synthroid coУЛt У walmart oУЙ puis-je acheter gУЉnУЉrique advair www cephalexin com 500mg pharmacie en ligne pour cialis l'examen escitalopram combien de mg quel est le nom gУЉnУЉrique pour cleocin singulair coУЛt des mУЉdicaments lexapro 10 mg allaitement generico ne viagra efeitos oУЙ acheter du viagra au canada en toute sУЉcuritУЉ 500mg cephalexin pour chien qui fabrique cymbalta gУЉnУЉrique le sevrage zoloft 25 mg lipitor gУЉnУЉrique des images zoloft 25 mg travail gУЉnУЉrique pour kytril oУЙ acheter allegra 60 mg l'ampicilline 50 mg/ml diovan gУЉnУЉrique va propranolol hcl accord 40mg qu'est-ce que prednisolone 25mg comprimУЉs utilisУЉs pour costco prix en pharmacie de cialis ordonnance viagra viagra-canada.com acheter У bas prix tadacip cymbalta prix cvs www amoxil 500 mg gУЉnУЉrique seroquel 50 mg neurontin 800 mg.50 cent.film de la tuberculose synthroid et des somnifУЈres clomid pct acheter royaume-uni pouvez-vous obtenir haut sur l'escitalopram 10 mg nexium prix plein effets secondaires zocor 20 mg prix de la pilule de viagra en inde ce n'gУЉnУЉrique hyzaar ressembler dalacin clindamycin hcl 300 mg les jumeaux sur clomid 100mg existe-t-generico ne luvox effets secondaires de lopressor 25 mg etodolac 300 mg comprimУЉs У libУЉration prolongУЉe medicare prescription drug viagra meilleur endroit pour acheter propecia combien de fois devrais-je prendre de la doxycycline 100mg prednisolone ranbaxy 20 mg posologie nexium carte de rУЉduction philippines combien de fois pouvez-vous prendre du benadryl 50mg la promУЉthazine la codУЉine de commande furosemide 250 mg iv qu'est-ce que trazodone hcl 100mg utilisУЉ pour pouvez-vous acheter prevacid sur le comptoir au canada nexium canada prix la prise de 200 mg de clomid valtrex gУЉnУЉrique crУЈme hyzaar prix sevrage zyprexa 5 mg cialis gУЉnУЉrique pour les moins de micardis gУЉnУЉrique prix singulair pilules gУЉnУЉriques 100mg clomid 7 jours prednisone 10 mg gain de poids effets secondaires de effexor 75mg olanzapine ranbaxy 10 mg khasiat kapsul clindamycine 300 mg diflucan acheter royaume-uni bactrim gУЉnУЉrique posologie ordre tetracycline en ligne royaume-uni viagra livraison gratuite canada combien coУЛte gУЉnУЉrique zyprexa coУЛt lopressor 50 mg bid crestor 10 mg 90 film de la tuberculose metformin 500 mg acheter en ligne est-il un gУЉnУЉrique mУЉdecine de premarin manfaat clindamycine 150 mg prednisone 20mg 5443 prednisolone 5mg vente royaume-uni ne zoloft pilules vous haute nexium 40 mg vs omУЉprazole 40 mg digoxin comparer les prix accutane gУЉnУЉrique ingrУЉdients actos gУЉnУЉrique en usa le viagra et le cialis gУЉnУЉrique erythromycin 250 mg filmtabl lipitor augmentation de prix diflucan pour la nuit allegra d 24 heures prix tablette glycomet 500 mg doxycycline 100mg pour chats qu'est-ce que le celexa 40 mg prix de keflex prospecto nexium 20 mg 120 mg de lasix nizoral shampooing prix en australie strattera en ligne afin levitra posologie de 5 mg strattera disponible en gУЉnУЉrique viagra generico da nУЉo quimica la ciprofloxacine actavis 500 mg аИаНбб‚б€бƒаКб†аИб augmentin 625 comprimУЉs de prix en inde acheter nexium pas cher clomid oУЙ acheter royaume-uni hydrochlorothiazide 50 mg image forme gУЉnУЉrique de wellbutrin bupropion quand puis-je obtenir singulair gУЉnУЉrique teva gУЉnУЉrique tricor lancement zovirax besoin d'ordonnance comprar xenical generico l'УЉquivalent gУЉnУЉrique pour flomax pilules de contrУДle des naissances valtrex et j'ai pris 250 mg de benadryl 90 mg cymbalta dУЉpression provera 2.5 mg prix effexor xr prix canada le mexique pharmacie accutane singulair gУЉnУЉrique prix remeron 15 mg costo prednisone 5mg 475 qu'est-ce que metoprolol er 25mg tab wat У quand gУЉnУЉrique levitra sera disponible aux УЉtats-unis potable sur wellbutrin xl 150 mg doxycycline 100mg antibiotiques effets secondaires pilules de contrУДle des naissances vs depo provera advair ordonnance coУЛt zithromax combien de pilules le mУЉthotrexate 20 mg prix la clindamycine 300 mg coУЛt methotrexate mg 50 m2 zyrtec canada pharmacie pouvez-vous acheter viagra en jamaУЏque la promУЉthazine avec la codУЉine sirop canada quel est le nom gУЉnУЉrique pour astelin ne walmart vente clomid diovan 80 mg prospecto monographie de methotrexate au canada crestor posologie de 80 mg combien de benadryl 25 mg de voyage trazodone 50 mg durУЉe de vie seroquel xr pharmacie en ligne pouvez-vous acheter lexapro sur le comptoir cymbalta 30 mg fascia un propranolol retarder 80 mg clindamycin pilules et de bronzage nexium 40mg vien celebrex 200 mg n2 enceinte clomid 50mg viagra vente en philippines acheter du viagra en ligne arnaques effets secondaires cipro hcl 500 mg xenical orlistat 120 mg generico propecia vente royaume-uni zoloft et somnifУЈres lipitor 40 mg precio mexico gУЉnУЉrique crestor le mУЊme que le crestor baclofen 20 mg prix de la rue fabricant de viagra gУЉnУЉrique acheter du viagra avec echeck ic meclizine 25 mg effets secondaires sur le comptoir provera 10mg erythromycin pilules acnУЉ examens meilleur prix cymbalta 60 mg clonidine hcl 0,1 mg onglets puis-je donner mon chien claritin gУЉnУЉrique trazodone l'insomnie 25mg combien de fois puis-je prendre motrin 800 mg bula ne clomid 100mg oУЙ acheter lipitor en ligne abilify 10mg onglet voltaren diclofenac 25 mg valtrex acheter canada tamoxifen 10 mg coУЛt micardis remise de carte d'assurance-mУЉdicaments privУЉ prescription viagra des coУЛts escitalopram mylan 10 mg abilify 15 mg prix de la rue ampicillin 500 mg et alcool doxycycline dosage 20 mg acheter du viagra en playa del carmen trazodone 100 mg demi-vie coУЛt nexium walmart pharmacie quel est le prix de arimidex gУЉnУЉrique valtrex ne pas travailler afin promУЉthazine la codУЉine en provenance du canada augmentin 1 g/200 mg vidal acheter du viagra au kenya les comprimУЉs de viagra taux en inde pouvez-vous acheter wellbutrin sur le comptoir coУЛt de propecia cvs comment utiliser le kamagra oral jelly 100mg combien de pilules de amitriptyline t-il jusqu'У l'overdose cephalexin 500 mg deux fois par jour meilleur prix pour aciphex est aciphex gУЉnУЉrique aller bon marchУЉ comprimУЉs de viagra de l'inde cephalexin 500mg la consommation d'alcool levitra besoin ordonnance coУЛt de 20mg cialis au cvs clonidine hcl 0,1 mg po onglets meilleur prix pour lipitor 10mg commander strattera en ligne cialis 20 mg informacion premarin 0.625 mg utilisУЉ pour coУЛt de celexa gУЉnУЉrique cymbalta 60mg prix acheter female viagra en australie a lexapro allУЉ gУЉnУЉrique encore image de lexapro gУЉnУЉrique zetia 30cpr 10mg propecia coupons de rУЉduction wellbutrin sr gУЉnУЉrique autorisУЉ augmentin 1000 mg dose 1000 mg keflex diovan gУЉnУЉrique date de sortie biaxin 250 mg onglets coУЛt de cephalexin 500mg tac dung cua cephalexin 500mg methotrexate 25 mg j code effets secondaires de trazodone 150 mg xenical acheter en ligne canada effets secondaires accutane 40 mg combien bactrim ds coУЛt au cvs coУЛt d'aricept mУЉdicaments metoclopramide oУЙ acheter en royaume-uni augmentin suspension 250 mg ce n'metoprolol pilules ressembler У effexor xr gУЉnУЉrique coУЛt generico faire allegra 120mg amitriptyline 10mg et gain de poids viagra fabriquУЉ au canada zyprexa velotab 5 mg 28 dilalti tablette lexapro en ligne prescription prendre 2 5mg cialis pilules coУЛt de bactrim ds sans assurance combien de temps avant le sexe devrais-je prendre viagra 100mg prix de nexium 40 mg en afrique du sud costo de lipitor en mexico flonase ordonnance coУЛt paroxetine hcl 10mg reviews nexium 40 mg directions acheter olanzapine en canada neurontin 300 mg fibromyalgie ne avapro gУЉnУЉrique aller meilleur moment pour prendre fluoxetine 40 mg 5mg propecia pour la perte de cheveux moins cher viagra gУЉnУЉrique canada provera medroxiprogesterona acetato 10mg viagra vente en chennai pouvez-vous acheter phenergan sur le comptoir oУЙ puis-je acheter viagra У londres sur le comptoir canada promenade dans la clinique viagra viagra coupons de rУЉduction levitra prix royaume-uni bula depo provera 50 mg gУЉnУЉrique de lexapro prix prednisone en ligne durant la nuit neurontin 100 mg tablette coУЛt de mircette 40 mg clomid zyrtec gУЉnУЉrique 5 mg recommandations canadiennes pour l'utilisation de mУЉthotrexate chez les patients atteints de polyarthrite rhumatoУЏde acheter finasteride en ligne 1mg options gУЉnУЉriques pour diovan celebrex 60 mg gУЉnУЉrique zoloft surdosage hУДtel cipro faible coУЛt indocin 50 mg de pac canadian pharmacy nizoral shampooing abilify aripiprazole 5 mg existe-t-generico cymbalta walmart ranitidine prix trazodone mg pour le sommeil trileptal suspension orale gУЉnУЉrique de mУЉdicaments sur ordonnance augmentin inderal la 80 mg coУЛt est-il une forme gУЉnУЉrique de norvasc benadryl 12,5 mg/5ml dosage combien de fois peut zofran 4 mg УЊtre prises le coУЛt de cymbalta canada ic bupropion sr 150 mg effets secondaires la clindamycine ct 300 mg qu'est-ce que trazodone 150 mg tablette effexor lp 25 mg achat celebrex en provenance du mexique claritin pilules d avis cymbalta 30 mg meilleurs prix cialis 20mg effets secondaires de 15 mg lexapro pletal cilostazol 100 mg effets secondaires de metoprolol succinate de 50 mg zovirax crУЈme canada peut prendre de 2 У 200 mg de celebrex oУЙ puis-je acheter tretinoin retin-a phenergan 25mg comprimУЉs de 50 tretinoin cream 0.025 coУЛt diclofenac sodium 50 mg d'ibuprofУЈne et d' keflex capsule prix benadryl 50 mg inj ranitidine prix canada coУЛt mensuel de valtrex wellbutrin gУЉnУЉrique efficace quel est le coУЛt de la metformine er celebrex 200 mg maux de dos acheter nizoral shampooing afrique du sud de rУЉduction sur les diovan naltrexone 50 mg d'alcool quel est le prix du combivent inhalateur medikament crestor 10 mg viagra prix au qatar metformin 1000 mg er la perte de poids xenical 120 mg la perte de poids valtrex 500 mg et grossesse le fractionnement du wellbutrin sr pilules les formes gУЉnУЉriques de celexa amitriptyline 50 mg ingrУЉdients viagra de pharmacies canadiennes lisinopril 10 mg deux fois par jour capsule jaune neurontin 300 mg gУЉnУЉrique actos 30 mg gУЉnУЉrique celebrex mУЉdicaments lisinopril onglets 40 mg coУЛt moyen de prevacid des coupons de rУЉduction pour flonase 2 mg abilify le gain de poids achat viagra avec ordonnance peut-on acheter zithromax sur le comptoir У walgreens photos prilosec pilules lincocin capsule de 500 mg cleocin t prix acheter У bas prix zithromax 250 mg en ligne au royaume-uni 40 mg propranolol 3 fois par jour est lipitor 40 mg marquУЉ clomid 150 mg 3-7 jours metformin 1000 mg deux fois par jour gУЉnУЉrique cialis india la clindamycine topique pour la vente lamictal dc 25 mg nedir voltaren 50 mg de l'allaitement maternel finasteride gУЉnУЉrique de propecia obat voltaren 75 mg effexor 37.5 mg bouffУЉes de chaleur prix de valtrex У walgreens est de 50 mg de seroquel dangereux acheter doxycycline en bali lamictal 1200 mg pas cher viagra super p force viagra generico o similares xenical pilules acheter cytotec misoprostol en costa rica acheter gУЉnУЉrique lexapro escitalopram orlistat generico pУЉrou benadryl et mУЉdicaments d'ordonnance gУЉnУЉrique wellbutrin pas aussi efficace apo ranitidine 150 mg ranitidine hcl phenergan du canada benadryl chez costco pouvez-vous obtenir viagra sur le comptoir au canada terramycin pommade ophtalmique pour la vente cialis vente 2012 acheter gУЉnУЉrique remeron walmart prix pour diovan les effets secondaires de cialis 20mg accidentellement pris double dose de 40 mg lexapro canadian pharmacy lamictal prednisolone 35 mg phenergan 25 mg suppositoire clomid 50 mg les jours 2-6 succУЈs jumeaux le coУЛt de cialis avec des mУЉdicaments sur ordonnance adalat la У 60 mg comprar cialis 10 mg en ligne alternative gУЉnУЉrique crestor pouvez-vous commander viagra en ligne au canada pouvez-vous obtenir haut de ciprofloxacine 500mg viagra dose de 75 mg bula ne voltaren retarder 100mg la couleur de gУЉnУЉrique synthroid pilules bula cipro 500mg nom gУЉnУЉrique de differin zantac 150 mg et grossesse singulair gУЉnУЉrique en irlande viagra masticable 100 mg glucophage 500 mg par jour quel est le prix de vente de synthroid hyzaar de 100 mg clomid 50mg combien de comprimУЉs lamisil de pulvУЉrisation meilleur prix l'antidУЉpresseur zoloft gУЉnУЉrique acheter en ligne propecia royaume-uni comment souvent de prendre la prednisone 20 mg prednisone 5mg prix de la rue periactin 4 mg wikipedia achat advair canada est-il un gУЉnУЉrique similaires pour cymbalta commentaire prendre prednisolone sandoz 20 mg nexium 20 mg compresse prevacid en vente 2013 nombre generico de biaxin blagues nom gУЉnУЉrique du viagra metformin 1000 mg h104 singulair 10 mg utilise pas cher kamagra 100mg comprimУЉs metformine er 500mg grossesse prograf gУЉnУЉrique des mУЉdicaments utilise pour tetracycline 500mg coУЛt de propecia australie meilleur viagra prix en inde nom gУЉnУЉrique diovan hct tamoxifen de 20 mg acheter ampicillin 500mg achat topamax la perte de poids pouvez-vous acheter ventolin inhalateur sur le comptoir singulair acheter des comprimУЉs strattera 18 mg prospect l'image de la paroxУЉtine 40 mg diltiazem coУЛt de costco zyprexa 2.5 mg et prise de poids prix de la metformine 850 mg abilify 5 mg prix quel est le coУЛt moyen de zoloft comment prendre doxycycline 50mg avodart coУЛt canada qu'est-ce que les mУЉdicaments celebrex 200 mg pour combien tricor coУЛt abilify 10 mg avis clozaril pharmacie exigences pilules de testostУЉrone vs viagra clomid 100mg quand avez-vous ovuler phenergan avec le dextromУЉthorphane, le coУЛt levitra 10mg 20mg ne cialis venir dans le gУЉnУЉrique para quУЉ servir bactrim 200mg 40mg finasteride 1mg wiki oУЙ acheter zofran 50 mg de prednisone pendant 7 jours canadienne plavix gУЉnУЉrique oУЙ acheter promethazine-la codУЉine sirop pharex ranitidine 150 mg est de 37,5 mg d'effexor assez 50 mg amitriptyline effets secondaires est-il une forme gУЉnУЉrique de clomid est de 10 mg celexa efficace cardizem gУЉnУЉrique de marque pas cher gУЉnУЉrique viagra canadian pharmacy amitriptyline 50 mg pour l'anxiУЉtУЉ avodart gУЉnУЉrique finasteride finasteride 1mg prix gУЉnУЉrique orlistat 120mg en ligne royaume-uni accutane trouble de l'humeur levitra 5 mg funciona gУЉnУЉrique benadryl noms acheter kamagra bangkok acheter alesse en ligne canada costo viagra 2013 combien coУЛte ciprofloxacin 500 mg coУЛt cvs non prescription viagra cat costa singulair costco prix en pharmacie advair seroquel xr 200 mg coУЛt caverta 100 mg en УЉquateur lasix 40 mg prix en inde cymbalta 30 mg classe combien de temps ne viagra 800mg dernier metformin 850 mg prix lisinopril 10 mg comprimУЉs cephalexin suspension coУЛt comment arrУЊter 50mg zoloft singulair gУЉnУЉrique У partir du canada aciclovir 400 mg l'herpУЈs zoster oУЙ acheter pas cher diovan combien de temps faut-100mg de viagra dernier wellbutrin prix walgreens meilleur endroit buy generic viagra canada acheter nexium pilules en ligne le sevrage off lexapro gУЉnУЉrique effexor et douleur pilules achat de viagra en afrique du sud lexapro 20 mg pour l'anxiУЉtУЉ sociale indocin 50 mg par voie orale capsule combien de temps faut-il pour paxil 20mg de travail
Home All Articles State of Major League Baseball - 2008 - Page 3

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 547 guests online

Atom RSS

State of Major League Baseball - 2008 - Page 3 PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 25
PoorBest 
Articles & Opinion
Written by Various Authors   
Sunday, 15 June 2008 23:04
Article Index
State of Major League Baseball - 2008
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
All Pages


Jonah KeriJonah Keri
Writer for ESPN.com, a contributor to YESNetwork.com and the New York Sun and recent blogosphere entrant at JonahKeri.com

I'm once again honored and flattered that The Business of Sports Network has asked for my views on the State of the Game. Doubly so given the other names in this illustrious panel.

With that said, trying to come up with another list of "What's right" and "What's wrong" with MLB today, just 18 months after first being asked to do so, feels a little like Adam Sandler's second iteration of the Chanukah song: still cool, but requires some creative thinking to avoid duplicating initial efforts. So with King Felix, MLB Extra Innings, Anchor Steam in San Francisco and other baseball delights off limits, here's my new list of people who are Jewish...err...list of what's right and wrong with MLB today.

What's right:

Tim Lincecum. Jay Bruce. A view of the Pittsburgh skyline from PNC Park. Micah Owings, the best hitting pitcher since Babe Ruth, or at least Wes Ferrell. Old-timey minor league ballparks. Baseball's next dynasty, the Tampa Bay Rays. The 4 p.m. "I've got an extra ticket at Fenway" phone call. Cooperstown. Edinson Volquez's changeup. A friend randomly giving you a 1969 Montreal Expos schedule. Kansas City, pound for pound the country's most underrated baseball town. The enthusiasm and infectious smile of Howie Kendrick. Chris Coste, the 33-year-old rookie who made good.

What's wrong with MLB today:

The blackballing of Barry Bonds, a nod to baseball's preference of reputation over performance. Baseball writers who dismiss the outsider's view. Ballparks that offer few food choices beyond rubbery hot dogs and stale nachos. General Managers' (and managers') preference of proven mediocrities over young players with upside. Marvin Miller and Bill James still waiting for a Hall of Fame call. Patriotism forced down our throats during the 7th-inning stretch. Saturday afternoon out-of-market games blacked out by FOX. Cuban baseball players forced to risk their lives to play at the highest level.


Jordan KobritzJordan Kobritz
Regular contributor, Business of Sports Network; Professor, Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Eastern New Mexico University and teaches the Business of Sports at the University of Wyoming. Former attorney, CPA, and Minor League Baseball team owner.

What’s right with the game is what’s always been right with the game: It’s the greatest game that man has ever invented. I’ve always believed that and I don’t see it changing in my lifetime, regardless of how the game evolves.

Is it perfect? I don’t think anyone truly believes that, although we may differ on the specifics. For example, I think the DH has been a great boon to the game. But many fans who vilify the DH can’t work up a sweat over artificial turf (which, thankfully, may soon be relegated to its rightful demise, at least at the Major League level). To those so-called traditionalists, I say artificial turf changed the way the game is played - offensively and defensively - more than the DH ever has.

Among the business aspects of the game that are right:

1. Average ticket prices, although on the rise, are still the lowest in Major League sports.

2. MLB Advanced Media is a winner. The eventual returns on MLBAM will make Warren Buffet envious.

3. Many of the lower revenue teams are competing with the big boys on the field of play. It takes more than money to win, just ask the Tigers, Mets and Yankees.

4. The higher standards - see the use of performance-enhancing drugs – to which baseball is held compared to other sports is a badge of honor, rather than a curse.

5. The Baseball Network will be far and away the best and most accessible sports-specific network on the planet.

6. MLB’s international efforts – especially the WBC - are second to none.

Going forward, what needs tending to:

1. MLB must keep ticket prices as affordable as possible. The $2,500 seats in the new Yankee Stadium are understandable on a number of levels, but a certain number of seats should remain accessible to families.

2. The revenue discrepancy between the haves and have-nots will grow, not narrow. That’s not a phenomenon limited to MLB. In the NFL, the revenue discrepancy among teams exceeds $100 million. In MLB, the revenue discrepancy can exceed $200 million. If it continues to expand, we may see a return to the times when fans of certain teams had no “hope,” which is the essence of professional sports.

3. Major League Baseball in Florida is in trouble. That’s been the case since MLB expanded to the Sunshine State, and new stadiums for the Marlins and Rays – both in jeopardy - won’t be the panacea some expect.

4. MLB’s association with gambling is troublesome, to say the least. The money available from gambling interests is tempting, but accepting it creates a double standard and is potentially detrimental to the game.

5. In its efforts to protect its brand, MLB should be less confrontational with its fans. As someone with a legal background, I understand the necessity of protecting intellectual property. But the heavy-handed approaches with Little League Baseball and the Cape Cod League, the black out rules, as well as MLB’s actions that precipitated the Fantasy Sports Case, are all examples of confrontations that may have been better addressed through negotiation and consent decrees.

6. Revenue sharing should be designed to create incentives for teams to generate revenue locally. Teams should be prohibited from participating in revenue sharing until they achieve a certain revenue threshold.

Lastly, Bud Selig never passes up an opportunity to decry the present as the “Golden Age” of baseball. And from a financial perspective, he’s probably right. I’ve always believed that the person at the top is ultimately responsible for what happens in an organization. On that basis, Selig, although a justifiable target of criticism on many fronts, deserves to bask in MLB’s success.

Rich LedererRich Lederer
Founder and lead writer for Baseball Analysts

Despite major differences in revenues, the competitive balance in baseball has improved of late and is likely to tighten up even further over the next several years. This is great news for Major League Baseball.

The primary reason for this sea change is that more teams are signing younger players to multi-year deals than ever before. This new philosophy should prove advantageous for smaller market franchises and less advantageous for larger market teams because lower payroll clubs will keep their best players for a longer period and organizations that have relied heavily on free agents in the past will have fewer quality choices in the future.

Since the beginning of the year, more than a dozen young stars have been signed to long-term contracts that buy out their arbitration years and one or more free-agent seasons. To wit, the Colorado Rockies made history this year when they signed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a six-year, $31 million deal, the biggest contract ever given to a player with less than two years' experience. The Milwaukee Brewers topped that deal by giving Ryan Braun, the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year, an eight-year deal worth $45 million. Sandwiched between those two contracts, the Tampa Bay Rays signed Evan Longoria to a six-year deal worth $17.5 million, an unprecedented agreement for a player with less than a week's experience in the big leagues.

But that's not all. Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Justin Morneau, Hanley Ramirez, Alex Rios, and Chris Young have all signed extensions that should keep them with their current clubs for at least the next five years.

Although these contracts are not without risk, there are valid reasons why clubs and players are entering into such deals. Given the historical salary inflation of approximately 10% per year, many of these deals will turn out to be at discounted prices at the back end as long as the players stay healthy and perform as expected. The players benefit by earning more money in the early years and have the peace of mind of long-term financial security for themselves and their families. As I like to say, the first ten or twenty million dollars are much more important than the last ten or twenty million.

Participating teams, players, and fans should reap the rewards of this new trend and that should be a major positive for the long-term health and competitiveness of Major League Baseball.


Tim LemkeTim Lemke
Sports business reporter, Washington Times

Prior to this season, I would have argued that baseball's biggest problem is still the gap in revenues and payroll between the big and small market clubs. But then the Tampa Bay Rays decided to start winning. So I don't know. Maybe Bud Selig is right when he says the game doesn't need a salary cap.

What's clear is that overall, baseball is still in terrific shape. I would expect attendance and revenues to dip a little this year, simply because the economy is making it harder for the average family to head to the ballpark. But it appears the baseball has managed to get through the drama of the Mitchell Report with little damage, and if anything, the steroids scandal has forced fans to lay off the hero worship of certain players and just appreciate the game itself. And that's healthy.

You could always find chinks in the armor. Attendance at the new ballpark here in Washington is somewhat disappointing. Baseball in the state of Florida is still kind of a question mark. The whole television blackout thing still has yet to be resolved. And the Phillie Phanatic still struggles with obesity. But none of these are problems that will create any wide-scale or long-term headaches for the sport.


Tim MarchmanTim Marchman
Baseball writer, New York Sun
(Read The Biz of Baseball interview with Tim Marchman)

Baseball is in great shape, probably healthier than ever, but it’s also coming up on a time of change, and I don’t know whether the sport’s leadership will handle it well.

Mainly that’s because I don’t know who will lead the sport. Bud Selig and Don Fehr are going to retire sooner or later, and while anyone who’s reading this site will surely have some ideas about who might succeed them, we don’t know how well those people will do once they get their chance.

Whoever takes over is going to face some big issues. The big two, I think, are whether baseball can overtake football and the evolution of baseball coverage.

The first isn’t likely; football is the national game largely because of demographic and cultural shifts and settlement patterns over the last 50 years. America is more suburban and, honestly, more violent than it once was, which gives football an advantage. If we’re coming up on a time of broad economic dislocation, and profound demographic changes, though, there’s probably a chance for baseball to become even more popular than it is now, central to people’s lives the way it once was and no longer is. With strong leadership, baseball just might seize that chance.

The second is tricky. With ballclubs owning and more fully integrating their own distribution platforms, with a 24-hour news cycle, and with the instant availability of raw information on all sorts of hardware, the traditional model of sportswriting, based around game recaps and columns working off the rhythm of those recaps, is looking increasingly irrelevant. If readers are getting the type of coverage they once relied on newspapers for from the teams themselves, that raises all kinds of issues, ranging from the editorial integrity and independence of the house organs to the actual purpose of journalists not affiliated with teams.

I think that team outlets will prove fairly reliable, that independent writers will increasingly serve as filters for widely available open source information, and that being able to obtain unique information will be less important than being able to make patterns and narratives out of what’s right out there in the open. But we well could end up with a really bad situation, where house organs will hoard access and independent outlets will continue to function as they always have despite not having access. I don’t know how that would affect the popularity of the sport, but I think it’s something baseball leadership should be aware of as a danger, and something they should work to prevent.


Michael NeumanMichael A. Neuman
Founder & President, Amplify Sports and Entertainment, LLC

More than a third of the MLB season is behind us and a few issues have our attention. As an agency that negotiates, activates and measures our client’s sponsorship investments with MLB franchises, these are the topics we are closely watching.

For Amplify, measurement is the central issue we’re focused on. We are experiencing the “dawn of a new day” as franchises better understand their role in the ROI equation. In one case, a 2007 post season analysis, using our proprietary measurement tool, the Sponsorship Amplifier™, was significantly enhanced when the franchise provided us with third-party TV visible raw media data. The data was procured and paid for by the franchise upon the insistence of Amplify (and other corporate partners, I’m sure).

After many years of providing corporate partners with top-line ratings and impressions, this enhancement allowed our measurement team to isolate branded TV visible signage and deliver a robust, comprehensive media valuation. We utilized a proprietary algorithm to ascertain the value of our client’s signage, something previous team reports were void of. In 2008, teams have demonstrated a keen interest in understanding our clients’ objectives and have shown a genuine passion in working as a true partner to help attain the lofty ROO/ROI goals we’ve established for our clients.

As a New York based agency, another issue is the geographical development of new baseball stadiums in our DMA. In addition to new stadiums in the Bronx and Queens, we have new venues on the horizon for the NFL, NBA and NHL franchises. Escalating raw materials and construction costs, coupled with run-away player salaries have put the bulls-eye squarely on the back of corporate partners and fans to fund these venue upgrades. A flood of pricier, new sponsorship inventories and economical pressures are forcing multiple team corporate partners to pull back sponsorship and activation budgets to the lone team that best impacts ROI. We see multiple Mets and Yankee sponsors having to make a choice for the 2009 season.

Finally, in the steroid era, it was the long ball that put fans back into the seats after the 1994 strike and with attendance records in 2007 I’m interested to see if these numbers are impacted since the release of the Mitchell Report. Will the current legal woes of Clemens and Bonds match fan and baseball writer’s apathy enough that they join McGwire as Hall of Fame caliber players who spend the rest of their lives on the outside looking in? The jury is still out…..


Jeff PassanJeff Passan
National baseball writer, Yahoo! Sports

I wanted to focus on something. I wanted to laud teams resisting the devil on their shoulder whispering Barry Bonds' name or castigate players who shave the handles on maple bats and endanger fans or marvel at all the phenomenal young talent today or wonder how in an age of open communication we still get blacked out from games or fawn over the data gifted to us all by Pitch f/x and Inside Edge or wax on about the singular perfection that pairs Rick Ankiel and a baserunner with hubris.

And then David Murphy said something I won't soon forget: "Watching Josh Hamilton is a privilege."

What he said dripped of innocence, the same kind anyone who passes though a ballpark's turnstiles knows. Murphy is 26 years old. He stands 6-foot-4. He has a businessman's handshake and an honest man's comportment. He wasn't going to be anything more than a fourth or fifth outfielder for Boston, the organization that drafted him, and then he got traded to Texas. Now he might win Rookie of the Year.

He plays in the same outfield as Hamilton, whose talents reveal themselves like an Advent calendar. Hamilton was a prodigy, then a junkie and now he's something altogether different: a star, the kind so easily admired because of baseball's nature. For six months, Hamilton is a history exhibit playing out live, and the greatest part is that no matter who we are -- David Murphy, the man who plays next to him, or the fan scraping together nickels to buy an double-nosebleed seat -- all of us get to partake.


Dayn PerryDayn Perry
Regular contributor to FOXSports.com and Baseball Prospectus. He's presently at work on his second book, a biography of Reggie Jackson.

For the most part, things are going swimmingly in MLB. Let's consider this a happy accident.

It's impossible to opine on the state of the league and not get around to the Mitchell Report and its many fallouts. First, the obvious truth: Commissioning the Mitchell Report was idiotic in the extreme. Baseball had already changed its testing policy and meted out strict punishments to every offender. What purpose, other than keeping frothy, terminally aggrieved columnists in business, did the Report serve? There's a time and place for righteous truth-telling, but when it comes in spare doses (which was all the Report was ever capable of giving us) and disinters an issue that's better left, well, interred, then it serves no useful purpose.

Bud Selig has seemingly always enjoyed painful rituals of contrition, and the Mitchell Report strikes me as one of those. Letting the PED issue distract from the post-season was inexcusable, as was allowing the Report to dominate the news cycle for so long. I yield to no one in my loathing of and disrespect for the NFL, but that league does know how to control the message. So learn from them. MLB gave oxygen--incalculable amounts of oxygen--to this controversy by trotting out the Report. That mistake has already been made. The only thing they can do now is aid its slow, belated death by never speaking of it again. Do that and perhaps the media will begin focusing on the fact that the NFL doesn't care about the physical safety of its labor force or that officiating in the NBA is too absurd even for Ionesco. Baseball's the best sport, and MLB has less to apologize for than competing leagues. The game's leaders should behave accordingly.



 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?