Yeah. From a revenue perspective, the way MLB is set up just isn't sustainable. Revenue sharing does a pretty good job of keeping the Padres and smaller market teams from getting totally shut out from the larger market teams. And I find a salary cap to be mostly un-American. But... the reality is that MLB just can't continue to operate this way and expect small or mid-sized markets to compete in terms of revenue. And that's going to have a cascading effect.
It's not good for the sport. There are a lot of different ways to fix it. There are also plenty of people - most of them internally - who would say it's not actually broken. And they're right in a way. Most of the ways to fix the imbalance in revenue are risky. Because it means putting the best brands in the sport at some real risk.
Anyway. I think I've mentioned this before. But I just decided to hop on and enjoy the sport for what it is today. I still love going to the ballyard. I love following it - even as the audience deteriorates, and as MLB seems less and less suited to command the type of attention that other sports have on the internet. But there's not a front office around that's capable of making up hundreds of millions of dollars difference in revenue/yr. And to expect Moorad to do it, or to be able to hire somebody who can is I think being hopelessly optimistic. I hope these guys are able to turn a profit, get 35k people in the stands, and put together a pretty compelling baseball team. That probably shouldn't be too much to ask of a pro sports franchise. But, the way it's set up today, somebody is going to lose 60% of their games. And more often than not, it's going to be a team that's generating significantly less revenue than their counterparts.
But, I can't wait for spring training! And Chase, I hope they do get Cam that extension. Seems like a great first move to make with their TV money.
Agree on where the Padres stand in the NL West, though by saying they have much of a disadvantage over the likes of Arizona & Colorado is splitting hairs, based on how those teams are spending. Don't ... more