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 Posted: Thu Mar 7th, 2019 09:40 pm
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Papa Voo



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srossi wrote: There's always going to be winners and losers - in life, in sports, and everywhere else. I find it hysterical that people don't get that. This is kind of the minimum wage argument. OK, the minimum wage is $60 trillion dollars an hour starting tomorrow. Now what? $60 trillion becomes worthless and you need to be a gazillionaire to eat. What magic button do people want to push so that every team wins most games, which by definition isn't possible since sports is a zero sum proposition where there has to be a winner and loser every day? 

Yes, there are a handful of teams (and I don't think it's that many) in every sport not making a good faith effort to compete.  But the consequences should be no fan support and then when the owner is forced to sell because he's losing money he shouldn't make a $100 million profit on the sale.  Sports teams are like housing costs, they seem to only increase.  That's a problem.  When you make a mess of your team, you should sell at a loss.  But owning a team is too much of a cache to billionaires with more money than they know what to do with, and prices keep getting driven up for sports teams.  You want to fix that?  Start with ZERO public funding of stadiums!  When the government gets involved, market realities get bastardized.  You want to buy a team, great.  Now pay for it, including the stadium.  That brings everyone back down to earth and makes it a less sexy proposition unless you're really a dedicated owner who plans on running it right.



True, but MLB actually rewards these questionable owners.  The Pirates are making a profit before the first fan enters the park. 


Last edited on Fri Mar 8th, 2019 04:54 pm by Papa Voo



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