Skip Caray said something interesting today and that is the Yankees radio rights for 2002 give the Yankees more money then the Royals TV rights for 2002 and that's not the players fault. I agree with that statement. Owners pay the players. AROD didn't go up to the Rangers owner with a gun and say I want $252 mil or else! You need to split the tv/radio revenue up evenly among the teams. NY/Steinbrenner, LA/FOX, Atlanta/Ted need to share TV/Radio revenue and perhaps gate/parking/ticket sales with the smaller market teams to make it a more even playing field. NFL has done the TV/radio revenue evenly for years going back to the 60's and the owners in that league still around today say that was a big reason why the NFL is successful today.
You need bookkeepers to see really what owner is losing what, but is Kevin Brown worth $15 million a year? Is Kevin Appier worth whatever he's getting this season as a free agent for the Angels? How about Aaron Sele? Answer would have to be no with all of the losses and injuries to KB, but who knew that upfront? What is the marketvalue of a pitcher today? Perhaps a smaller contract in terms of years in the answer? Not 7 years. That should never be acceptable especially for a pitcher.
Is Barry worth what he's getting? Yes. Why? Drawing fans to the stadiums to see him hit one out. BOB is sold out this weekend in downtown Phoenix and that hasn't happened much lately after the 1st couple of years where you had to go on Central and try and buy a seat if you didn't get robbed first.
Angels sold out 3 straight games against the Dodgers at the Ed last weekend. Dodgers sold out 3 games at Dodgers Stadium against the Angels earlier in June. Why? Surprisingly winning product for both teams. Winners = bandwagoners and that's very noticable in the home of bandwagon fans and Southern California and elsewhere across the country where suprising teams are winning like in Minnesota. Look at Cleveland. You couldn't buy a ticket for years at the Jake because of the new ballpark and the "winning product year after year." Now I hear John and Rick tell me on FSN Ohio that you can buy tickets at the Jake. Why? Indians aren't winning.
If you get paid a lot and do bad then the fans will boo. Notice Giambi in April. If you get paid a lot and are now driving in 2 runs for 71 by the all-star break in July then you get cheered when taken out early. Notice Giambi in July. If your team is winning and 15-16 games above .500 then your attendance goes from 15,000 earlier in the year against the Royals to 25,000 against the D'Rays later in the year. You must have a winning product and the fans will show up. Fans no longer show up if you have a bad team (Marlins, Tigers=Brewers=even with the new ballpark, Devil Rays, Expos, Blue Jays). Did the strike have something to do with that in 1994? Maybe... who knows. Teams stink. Why sit through 4 rain delays and 6 hours and 30 minutes of a game if the team stinks and will probably lose when you can watch the game at home or do something else?
Strike might hurt the fans of the teams playing bad (final straw in Miami, Tampa & Montreal especially if the owners are losing money?). It might tick off the fans of the teams playing good (NY & Boston and maybe some won't come back). I hope there is no strike/lockout, but history in 1994 seems to be parallel with 2002. It seems the owners need to split some type of a revenue stream to even out the lower market teams with the higher market teams. You can't have the Yanks getting richer every year. Steinbrenner says he wants to win and that's great, but the other teams need a chance to win after the opening day in April. The Floyd trade to Montreal is interesting today if it works out. Expos are stockpiling $'s on contracts for some reason and some pretty good players. Kinda makes you think the Expos will be around after next year. Why would the league owned team trade for Colon and Floyd if the team is going to fold after this year? That doesn't make sense either.....Lot's more to come on this subject. Hopefully, no lockout this year.