Friday, January 16, 2009

Baseball Salary Cap Wouldn't Work?

According to this guy, a baseball salary cap (which everybody I know wants) wouldn't work. Slicing up the current numbers, a realistic cap and floor would be $103 million and $75 million, respectively. The author claims the system would crumble because some teams can't afford a $75 payroll, and would have to shell out way too much money for crappy players just to reach the floor. Plus, there's been more than enough parity over the last decade, a salary cap is unnecessary even if it would work. An interesting read. DEBATE.

Article.

8 comments:

Charlie Marlow said...

Well...Green Bay is the smallest market in ALL of professional sports, and somehow they're able to fit in appropriately.

I see no major difference.

For the record I didn't read the article, but I'm familiar with the general argument against.

Wrigleyville said...

the padres owner has mandated they get payroll to $40 million this season, due to divorce-related financial pressures.

presumably, under a floor situation, he would be forced to sell the team (which he is anyway, but you get the point)?

Charlie Marlow said...

Economically speaking, then, would it not make sense for contract values to decline?

Or, going sort of opposite, wouldn't the money spent on presumably 'big name' players in order to get to a floor provide a boost in ticket sales?

Just throwing that out there...

Matt said...

Combine a salary cap with revenue sharing.

Then the Yankees can pay for everything.

wrigleyville23 said...

socialist

Anonymous said...

The difference between the NFL and Baseball is the national TV contracts...the NFL teams split up the contracts with FOX, CBS, NBC and ESPN equally which is a GIGANTIC pie to take slices from. In baseball the teams rely on local market television deals which are nowhere near as lucrative for small market teams. Even splitting up the TV deals that the big market teams have in baseball would not come anywhere near providing the cash that the NFL broadcasting deals do.

rex said...

Great point anonymous.

A salary cap is never going to happen in baseball. Reference 1994 to see the consequences of this subject.

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