I get the feeling sometimes that Randy Levine and I are somewhat alike. Occasionally my friends and family joke about how I don’t have that “filter” that most people have that makes them hold back on telling other people how it really is. ‘Cause I really do have no problem saying whatever comes to mind as long as it’s not really hurtful.
Anyways, I was very happy to read about Randy Levine telling Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio to stop whining about how the Yankees spend money. Well done, Mr Levine, well done.
Apparently Attanasio and the Brewers are having a difficult time signing prized first baseman Prince Fielder to a contract extension and he’s blaming it on the big money that teams like the Yankees pay to their stars. Attanasio was quoted by USA Today as saying, “We’re struggling to sign [Fielder] and the Yankees infield is making more than our team.”
The Yankees infield will make around $85 Million this season and the entire team payroll should be around $206 Million with Alex Rodriguez making $33 Million. In comparison, Milwaukee’s total team payroll is around $80 Million and the Pittsburgh Pirates have dropped their payroll this season to around $35 Million – just a tad more than A-Rod himself will make.
When questioned about it by ESPNNewYork.com, Levine said:
“I’m sorry that my friend Mark continues to whine about his running the Brewers. We play by all the rules and there doesn’t seem to be any complaints when teams such as the Brewers receive hundreds of millions of dollars that they get from us in revenue sharing the last few years. Take some of that money that you get from us and use that to sign your players. The question that should be asked is: Where has the hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue sharing gone?”
Well said, Mr Levine. Baseball, and every other sport for that matter, is a business and a business must spend money to make money. A sales company needs to make sure its product fills a want or need (so people buy it) and is priced correctly enough to gain market share while making a profit. A baseball team needs to field a great team so people want to buy tickets and gear and price everything correctly so market share and a profit can be gained. Attanasio should know this; he’s an investment banker.
I don’t even want to hear the BS that small market teams can’t spend that much money because they don’t make that much money. Enough of that silly argument. In business, you need to spend money to make money. There are small market teams in every other sport that transcend their market and have a national appeal because they field a good product almost every season. Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers in the NFL and the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.
So, Mr Attanasio…where is that revenue sharing money going? To pay for your yacht?
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