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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Media sells "deep divide" between "haves and have-nots" in baseball

CBS Marketwatch article from SanFrancisco today:

"Steroids, labor disputes, the dilution of talent,

  • a deep divide between the haves and the have-nots:"
HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS? DEEP DIVIDE? STANDARD, CLASS WARFARE/ENVY/HATRED BUZZ WORDS. HOW HAS THE $100 MILLION FROM THE YANKEE FAN BEEN "DIVIDED" by THE DEEP MLB RECIPIENTS THIS YEAR? (Approx. total of revenue sharing and luxury tax donations this year). LIMOS? SUMMER HOUSES? IDIOT SONS? WHY NOT MENTION THAT ALONG WITH THE 'DIVISION' ASSUMPTION?
  • (Continuing) "Major League Baseball, despite all its missteps, has proven to be the nuclear cockroach of pro sports -- it just won't die.

In fact, as a business, these might be baseball's headiest of times.

And Tuesday in San Francisco, the national pastime will revel in its resilience as it celebrates the 78th All-Star Game at AT&T Park, a relatively new venue that captures all that's right with the game and is also home to its darkest cloud.

"Baseball continues to financially hit the cover off the ball," said Maury Brown, a sports business analyst who runs the Business of Sports Network. "Revenues are at an all-time high, as are attendance figures. When coupled with two consecutive labor agreements being reached without a work stoppage, MLB is at its rosiest point ever.""

  • Published on FoxNews.com-Business, article by Shawn Langlois for "CBS Marketwatch" from San Francisco.
You might wonder what's going on if owners and the Players Association agree so easily. I'm always happy to hear good news, good business times, etc. But the stock market being at an all time high didn't mean it would stay there. Johnny Damon's never having been on the DL didn't mean he wasn't about to go there. Just some perspective. (sm)

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