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Monday, February 21, 2011

Memo to Hank Steinbrenner: Socialism? How about a little parity

So current New York Yankees president and co-owner Hank Steinbrenner says that Major League Baseball needs to stop kowtowing to teams in minor markets, lest the league become a socialist entity.  Is that right Hank?  I can see that you're upset that teams like your Yankees make all the bank in the league, and you guys have to share it with teams like Florida and St. Louis, some of whom go on to win it all.  In that sense, I can see where your coming from.  But outside of the 15-30 million fans living in the New York/Boston areas, the majority of the rest of the nation would like to see someone else besides the Yankees or the Red Sox win it all.  And unfortunately the TV contracts the other teams have just aren't enough to allow these teams to compete.  So, at the risk of sound a little socialist, how about a little parity?  I mean, let's face it, the NFL plays less than 20% of the games that MLB does, is on the verge of their first lockout in decades, and is still more popular than baseball.  Why you ask?  Simple.  In a word: parity.  So whine all you want about revenue sharing, Mr. Steinbrenner.  But when even fans in your own back yard stop coming to games, don't say I didn't tell you so.

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