I'm going to admit that I don't think I understood this at all even 3 days ago. Im still not sure I do. I was in Boston today for a conference the MIT biz school is putting on. It's my 2nd time at this conf and it seems pretty clear it has replaced the winter mtgs as the place to go to try to find a job for sports. Thankfully I'm gainfully employed and enjoy my job, but it's a pretty surreal experience nevertheless. Bill James was one of the featured speakers today. I don't think he does many things like this. And after seeing him today, I can understand why.
Anyway. I mention all this because I watched an MBA student present the economic changes likely to occur from the new cba, so I at least am aware of the issues.
The reverse incentives are pretty weird but I suppose not all that unlike other sports. It does present some problems for the rays. Assuming they would be able to maintain both their on field and draft performance.
And, as the student made the case today, seems to seriously limit mlbs ability to compete with football and basketball for talent. Previously, throwing money at the guys was about the only thing MLB really had to offer. Seems pretty shortsighted to me. Though, maybe does have the effect over the next few yrs of equalizing the talent. Not particularly forward looking though.
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Re: Still the Stupidest Thing Wahoo willy,Fri Mar 2 23:06
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