Wednesday, February 18, 2004


posted by Michael Piwonka 7:54 PM
The New York Yankees' acquisition of Alex Rodriguez widens the disparity between the wealthy Yankees and the rest of the league. I lost interest in Major League Baseball a long time ago, precisely for this reason. Small market teams, like the Montreal Expos, flirt with bankruptcy, while the Yankees keep buying the best players, dominating and effectively ruining the game.

But the Yankees aren't the only ones that buy championships and marketing appeal. In fact, they don't begin to compete with Real Madrid when it comes to global marketing power. Football clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United have incredibly large international fan bases.

Do such clubs have a responsibility to maintain the strength of their respective leagues? Or should they just try to maximize profit, even at the expense of their leagues? It appears that the latter has worked well for them in the past, and there's no reason to change now.

But I must admit an inconsistency. While I would only go see the Yankees if someone gave me a ticket, I would probably pay a pretty penny to see Real Madrid play. After all, it is the "beautiful game."


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