I just watched Jayson Stark on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning show and he had some intersting information. It seems that with revenue many of the major league are making out pretty well. Some of the bottom teams are receiving as much as 89-90MIL from revenue sharing before they even sell a ticket. Couple that with local broadcast money which is estimated at about 15MIL for the SMALLEST markets, this is a pretty good chunk of change. Why is this significant? Some of the payrolls of these teams are less than 50 million dollars! There seems to be a controversy over the reporting of these funds in regards to the current CBA, but some eyebrows are being raised.
Is it right for teams to pocket this type of payout? Shouldn't this money be required to go towards salary and player development. It has been rumored that some of these owners are using these funds to pay off personal debt. Remember, this is money that comes in before a single ticket is sold. In the NFL, the owners are required to spend a certain amount of revenue sharing on player salaries. Should this be a requirement for baseball? By the way, all teams, including the Cubs and Yankees, receive 35-40MIL from a general fund. What are your thoughts?