How Small Market Teams Find Success

Kyle Tooley

The past sport’s year alone has seen two classifiable “small-market” teams make it to their respective championship games.  With the Kansas City Royals of the MLB and the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, we see two different structures and formulas for building a championship team.  And actually, the methods should be different.  Small-market teams are affected differently in the MLB than they are in the NBA, and that has to do with how each league’s salary cap rules, or lack thereof, are set up.  But when it’s game seven and we have a team from New York or Los Angeles matching up against a team from Sacramento or San Antonio we have to ask the questions of how did this happen? How was a relatively poor team able to compete with teams that don’t have a money problem?

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Free Agent Moneymakers

To intense sports fans, the offseason is so much more than just a break from one’s favorite sport.  The offseason is a flurry of action as free agents look to sign with a new team which is poised to make a run at the championship.  These free agents can sign for record numbers in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but more importantly they affect the economy of whatever city they decide to go to.  Whether these big money free agents decide to go to or leave a city, the economy of that city will feel the effects of their decision, for better or for worse. Continue reading Free Agent Moneymakers

Most Profitable Non-Profit Ever

The NFL has had a lot of issues and problems this season.  Whether it was the domestic abuse problems or the recent deflated footballs, Roger Goodell certainly has a lot on his plate.  What the biggest problem is though is how much money the NFL brings in every year ($9.5 billion to exact) and the fact that they are still listed as a non-profit organization. Continue reading Most Profitable Non-Profit Ever

What’s Happened To Baseball? PART 3

Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco playing for the A's
Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco playing for the A’s

There were also fluctuations in fan interest within the past decade because the steroid era.  For the majority of the second half of the twentieth century, baseball was a slow paced, low scoring game that favored pitchers.  Fans became more interested in basketball games that finished 100-98 or football games that finished 28-21, not baseball games that took three hours to finish 1-0.  What the steroid era did was make baseball a high scoring game.  Players like Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, and Jose Canseco were smashing out home runs and driving up scores.  Baseball suddenly became more fast paced and impressive with balls flying out of stadiums left and right.  But in the mid 2000s baseball commissioner Bud Selig really cracked down on performance enhancing drugs and drove out all steroid users.  Baseball fell back into a low scoring affair and fan interest yet again started to decrease. Continue reading What’s Happened To Baseball? PART 3

Financially Smart Move For The Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs have always been a big market team.  They also however have been reluctant to spend their money on new signings.  For the first time in a long time, the Cubs dropped some money on signing Jon Lester to a 6-year, $155M contract and the cheers from Wrigleyville could be heard across the world.  While Jon Lester is one of the best pitchers in baseball today, does the signing make much sense financially for the Cubs?  Just ask the Yankees how their big money, long term contracts are panning out. Continue reading Financially Smart Move For The Cubs?

What’s Happened To Baseball? PART 2

Another reason fans started to lose interest in baseball was because of the growing gap between the good and bad teams.  Baseball was alive and well in New York because they were constantly a winning team and had a lot of money.  But in cities like Kansas City and Pittsburgh fans began to lose interest as their teams continued to be bad and get worse because they had no money to pay for better talent.  This trend has continued all the way to the present day when mlbthe Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees have some of the biggest fan bases in baseball, and they are paying $241M and $208M respectively for their teams.  The Houston Astros and Miami Marlins have some the emptiest stadiums and smallest fan bases and they are paying $45M and $42M respectively for their teams (MLB Top Teams Payroll).  Continue reading What’s Happened To Baseball? PART 2

What’s Happened To Baseball? PART 1

Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, and Joe DiMaggio. All of these names are American sports legends produced by baseball, but they also all played before 1950. Baseball was the sport to watch and follow in the early twentieth century and no other sport rivaled it. Walt Whitman, one of the great American poets and journalists, said that “[he saw] great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game”. But by the mid 1900s, football and basketball emerged and baseball was forced to act to fight these new sports. Baseball was not able to act appropriately, efficiently, or intelligently and they started to lose fan interest and viewers. Baseball has been on a decline since the mid 1900s and there were huge effects felt from outside forces and society. New technology changed how baseball was played as well as the competing sports and each sport was able to use the new technology to their advantage except for baseball. Finally, baseball had several internal issues that led to its fallout and it is still recovering to this day. Continue reading What’s Happened To Baseball? PART 1

Top 5 Beards In The MLB: 2014 Edition

It’s that time of year again. It gets darker sooner, the air is chillier and brisk, and baseball playoff beards spring up anew.  While the World Series may be over and the San Francisco Giants players are living up another championship title, it’s time to look back at this year’s great beards. Continue reading Top 5 Beards In The MLB: 2014 Edition

Boxing’s Roots and One Man’s Extraordinary Rise to the Top

The traditional and true test of manliness: boxing. What started out as an event similar to wrestling and MMA, the Victorian Middle Class changed the sport into what it is today because of the introduction of the Queensbury rules, the mindset of muscular Christianity, and they put an influx of money into the sport to grow it worldwide. Then Jack Johnson came along and rose up through the ranks of boxing and changed the sport and American society forever. Continue reading Boxing’s Roots and One Man’s Extraordinary Rise to the Top

There Are Still Good Role Models In Sports

The sporting world has been going through some issues these past few weeks to put it gently.  People everywhere have been calling for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s resignation as players are dropping like flies because of all the domestic abuse and assault charges.  With the NFL going through hell and scrambling to get everything together, children across the country are watching it all unfold and see their favorite players beating up their wives, girlfriends, or children.  It’s important for the younger generation to know though that their are still plenty of good role models to pay attention to in the world of sports such as J.J. Watt, Derek Jeter, and numerous others. Continue reading There Are Still Good Role Models In Sports

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