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January 10, 2014

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 362: Emails About Baseball You Actually Sent Us

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller


Ben and Sam answer listener emails about hiring GMs, a Hall of Fame-level LOOGY, restructuring divisions, and more.

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piraino

WRT your answer to the question of what teams you would choose to be in your division:

If you were a small market team--say, on the east coast--why not choose BOS, NYA, NYN, and PHI to be in your division? This guarantees you're going to have big market gate receipts to something like 36 of your 81 home games. Then if you get half the attendance at the rest of your home games, your gate receipts will be the equivalent of 36+54/2=63 big market home games, which is 7/9 of what the other four teams in your division earn. So you've minimized your revenue disadvantage. I'm not sure to what extent you could make a similar argument for television revenues, etc. Furthermore, as your own fans don't expect you to win, you have the strategic advantage of being able to maximize the long run value of your homegrown talent, rather than having to sell pieces to compete every year. After an initial period of losing and building up your farm system you would may find yourself in a Rays-like position of being on an even competitive footing with big market teams in most seasons. Maybe?

Jan 10, 2014 09:50 AM
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