As he told Brian McTaggart:
“We would love to have a salary cap, but the (players’) union has been very resistant to that.”
All a salary cap would do is transfer even MORE profit from the players to the owners. Naturally, the billionaires WANT to pay the players the least amount of money possible. Salary caps don’t say that any team HAS to spend that much money. The Lorias of the owners will still be allowed to put a 30 million dollar team on the field and pocket 30-40 mill a year in profit.
According to Forbes, the Astros have made a minimum of 75 mill profit over the past 5 years. But Drayton is crying poverty? He wants to pay the players even less and keep even MORE?
He decided a long time ago that he would pocket even more $$$ by essentially ignoring the minor leagues and signing FA stars to attract paying customers to the ballpark.
Speaking of ignoring minor league development, I ran across this very interesting article from Amalie Benjamin, one of the Red Sox beat reporters, (yes, of course I’m pimping grrrrrls stuff) writing about that Organizations decision to make the effort AND SPEND THE MONEY to sign and develop their minor league system. Yeah, I know I hate the Sux, but still, think how much better off the Astros would be right now if Drayton had bothered to invest some of that 75 mill into the minors.
I don’t understand why it is that so many people actually REALLY want the owners to keep more of the profit generated by MLB than they already do. Baseball players keep THE lowest percentage of revenue generated by any of the 4 big sports. They should keep even less, now, WHY? It is so important that baseball players:owners = coal miners:mine owners back in the 1800s WHY???
If it is not a question of the actual number of dollars that a player is paid, but a question of wanting every one of the 30 teams to essentially be the same, have a .500 ball club and the winner determined essentially by luck/injuries, then a salary cap won’t do that. You would absolutely need to have every dollar of revenue split between 30 teams and have a salary floor and salary cap set each year dependent on the revenues from the year before, with a certain pre-determined percentage going to the players, a certain percentage going for amateur bonuses, a certain percentage going for minor league/player development and a certain percentage for owner profit. No team could make more by any means whatsoever (can you say Wrigley Field Premium Tickets) than any other team.
I sure as heck don’t see parity in the NBA. The networks/owners seem to WANT the same 4 teams to win every year (one of the reasons they hate Mark Cuban). And I sure as heck don’t see parity in the NFL, either. Parity means that over a 10 year period, there should never be any dominant team and every team should have the same record as every other team.
The NFL exists for gambling and if every team is exactly like every other team, pretty hard for a gambling organization/company to predict outcomes. It will never happen.
Interesting that Richard Justice isn’t the only one to write that they are glad that the Yankees are spending all that money, and that Yankee dominance is a good thing because they are so popular.
But popularity is a chicken and egg thing. The Yankees weren’t particularly popular in the 80s/early 90s because they were not winning and they CERTAINLY were not the away draw they currently are. SURE they drew more than a losing team, but there were no sellout guarantees as there are now. Winning teams draw fans and crowds. Teams who mentioned, praised, broadcast incessantly draw fans. I have pointed out that increasingly over the past 5-6 years, ESPN/Fox have covered Yankees/RedSox/Mets/Cubs to the point where the vast majority of their broadcast time is centered on those teams. Certainly that increases their popularity.
Access/face is key. Does anyone believe that appearing on WGN had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Cubs increased popularity? Or the Braves acquiring a national fan base because of WTBS? When every single Braves game was broadcast, I knew the names and stats of every single player because I watched all those games. The Braves decline in popularity conincides exactly with the decision of Time Warner to stop broadcasting games, or at least, most games AND the decision of ESPN to pimp their big 4.
Anyway, back on the Astros, McLane isn’t competing with the Yankees anyway, so he certainly doesn’t NEED to spend to keep up with them. In fact, the average of all NL teams spends less, about 15 mill a year less, on salaries than the average AL team, even omitting Yankees. He doesn’t need to worry about them. He NEEDS to spend some of that vast profit on the minor league system and not throw away 5 perfectly good cheap young players for the likes of Miguel Tejada.
And anyway, he and Fast Eddie are very optimistic about the team’s chances this year because they have added some high character guys. Isn’t that special. Personally, I’d prefer a few good pitchers/hitters…
Oh yeah – last but not least – take a guess which team has made the LEAST profit over the past 5 years?
Yep. The Yankees….