Derek Zumsteg has an excellent article on Baseball Prospectus that offers a fair minded, sensible revenue sharing program. If you crave numbers and budgets and floating numbers around-grab your calculator and start your own spreadsheet to see if you can come up with a better plan.
There are some points that I'd like to note:
Disney REALLY sucks at marketing and running a business. Go check out their California theme park sometime...guess where it's located. Right. California. Disney owns ABC and ESPN and they can't get enough brains together for a decent Tupperware party, let alone a good business plan.The Cubs make money without trying. Jim Caple offers a hint to that.News Corp. (Fox Broadcasting) sucks at marketing. Surprising since they have access to MLB on Saturdays. And the World Series. And the All Star Game.MLB does a horrible job of promoting itself. Try wrapping your hands around the MLB definition of a blackout and then wonder why you can't get the game you want on TV despite a $2.3 trillion satellite system orbiting above your head and living 90 miles form where the game is being played.
Some direct questions for the Zumsteg Plan:
Who would be responsible for distribution of the funds? The Commissioner's Discretionary Fund? That's a contradiction in terms. Seilg has funds coming out the wazzo and up the Ying Yang but has less allowable discretionary thought than a Neo Nazi at a Al Sharpton rally.
I would think that with that amount of money going back and forth that some of it, a large portion of it, a whole hell of a lot of it, would sit in an offshore bank account earning 15% for awhile.
The Giants get the same amount of money the A's would get. The Giants have a payroll almost double the A's and have a new privately financed ballpark that streams direct revenue to them. Further, anytime the A's think about a new ballpark, the Giants claim that the territory just outside the Network Associates Coliseum belongs to the Giants and that they can't drink Chardonnay wearing those colors.
Along those lines, Zumsteg uses the Forbes numbers which offer a better representation to actuality that what the owners offer by way of the Blue Ribbon Report (who could argue with a Blue Ribbon panel?). Of Course, the Forbes numbers are about as honest representation of the facts as Joe McCarthy holding a list of names in front of a throng of microphones.
...That Being Said...
We are going to throw most of the baseball business issues over to a new blog. We don't want A's fans to get all worked up (they start looking like Raiders fans when they do) when you're just reading elephantsinoakland for team stuff.
All the Answers Minus the Questions will be home to a lot of sports stuff that has little to do with on the field matters. Baseball will fill the blog for the first few months, but as football season hits its stride we'll venture that way.
ED NOTE: I actually created the blog 'ALL THE ANSWERS MINUS THE QUESTIONS', then it was hacked and I deleted it. I didn't ahve the capacity to juggle a second blog at the time.