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 perm
A requirement that demands the small market teams to use the money gained from revenue sharing for player salaries. For example the Ted Turner owned Atlanta Braves are seen almost every night on the Turner Broadcasting System. However as Abrams states, "Thus the primary stated purpose of revenue sharing was not for the rich to pay the poor; rather, the concept was indented to "grow the game"tm"(Abrams197). Each year there are teams that are eliminated from the pennant race before the season is even under way. One with a salary cap and revenue sharing to restore the competition baseball once adored. However with this plan in tact the Bronx Bombers have still been crowned world champions four out of the last five years. In the major American sports, football, basketball, and hockey there is a salary cap to control wealthy owners and promote small market teams. Therefore teams in a larger populated region have more fans to pull from and create more revenue, little of this is shared with the visiting teams. This generates millions for the Braves while the Montreal Expos to the north have none of their games locally televised. With teams like the Twins, Pirates, Royals and others all but eliminated it is ridiculous for fans to invest time in money in their teams when realistically there is no chance for a title. Commisioner Selig has recognized the problem, "The system has to be changed"the inequity in this system is now so apparent. In addition, the large market teams that generate the most revenue should not be penalized. With this revenue sharing must come another regulation. This is a clear sign that this temporary fix put on baseball needs heaving revising, and a permanent plan that allows baseball to foster competition and embrace America as it once did. To ensure this happens a salary minimum can be implemented.