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troubles in baseball

Troubles in Baseball Baseball is a game that America has embraced from its early existence. Regarded as the national pastime baseball has embedded itself it our culture and has captured both adults and youths alike. It is a game that mirrors the image of America; a game that combines fine tuned skill with intellectual strategy, one that provokes emotions, the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat. Baseball is also a game that has evolved with the nation. As America’s class system becomes more defined so does that of baseball. The game has become stagnant with the same large market teams: Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians and a few more, competing in the fall classic each year. With this elitist practice baseball has lost its entire competitive flavor. With this competition among elite becoming more evident as the Yankees have taken four out of the last five World Series. With no cap or regulation on the amount one team can spend to acquire its players the logic would follow that: the rich teams dominate. Without a salary cap and some type of revenue sharing implemented and efforts among owners and players baseball will cease to exist in America. Major League Baseball needs a permanent solution to its lack competitive balance. One with a salary cap and revenue sharing to restore the competition baseball once adored. The new collective bargaining agreement between owners and players will end October 31, 2001. With this deadline approaching and no new developments among the baseball insiders the fans may get another taste of the 1994 players strike. Under the new collective bargaining agreement signed in 1995 there would be limited revenue sharing with “a maximum of five teams with payrolls exceeding a set amount…will pay a tax…that will be used in part to fund a revenue-sharing pool”(Abrams197). However with this plan in tact the Bronx Bombers have still been crowned world...

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