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06-05

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Bizball: Suspensions May Loom for Players Connected to Biogenesis Clinic
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Maury Brown

05-06

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Bizball: The Marlins' Sinking Attendance
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Maury Brown

04-29

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Bizball: Baseball's Marketing Problem Isn't Easy to Fix
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Maury Brown

04-22

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Bizball: April Showers and Baseball Attendance
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Maury Brown

03-25

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Bizball: MLB, the Boogieman, and the Biogenesis Lawsuit
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Maury Brown

03-04

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Bizball: 2013 American League Attendance Projections
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Maury Brown

02-25

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Bizball: A Detailed Look at the Salary Arbitration Class of 2013
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Maury Brown

02-15

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Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Dexter Fowler
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Maury Brown, Matthew Kory and Ben Lindbergh

02-11

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Bizball: Are the Astros Really Losing Money?
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Maury Brown

02-07

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Arbitration Showdown: Mock Hearing: Max Scherzer
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Maury Brown, Larry Granillo and Ben Lindbergh

02-06

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BP Unfiltered: Jhonny Peralta Makes Five ACES Clients Tied to East Coast BALCO
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Maury Brown

12-12

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Bizball: Yankees' Focus on $189 Million Not Just About the Luxury Tax
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Maury Brown

12-04

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BP Unfiltered: From the Winter Meetings: An interview with Dodgers President Stan Kasten
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Maury Brown

12-03

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Bizball: Changes to MLB’s Drug Testing Coming After Spike in Testosterone Suspensions
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Maury Brown

11-27

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BP Unfiltered: Former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller Passes Away and Why He Should Be in the HOF
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Maury Brown

11-27

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Bizball: Inside the 2012 Postseason Shares
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Maury Brown

11-19

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Bizball: Marlins Ownership and a History Lesson in Greed
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Maury Brown

11-13

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Bizball: Ranking 10 MLB Relocation and Expansion Markets Shows Why Either is Difficult
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Maury Brown

11-05

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Bizball: Sizing Up a Seven-Year, $175 Million Deal for Josh Hamilton
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Maury Brown

10-30

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Bizball: 2012 Sees Lowest World Series Ratings, MLB Loses Millions, and Post-Season Shares
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Maury Brown

10-23

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Bizball: 2012 MLB Postseason Shows Money Matters
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Maury Brown

10-16

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Bizball: The Strange Case of Melky Cabrera Spills Over to His Agency
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Maury Brown

10-08

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Bizball: Inside 2012 MLB Attendance, Plus Postseason TV Ratings Update
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Maury Brown

10-02

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Bizball: Do the Dodgers Really Have a “Secret Deal” to Avoid Revenue-Sharing?
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Maury Brown

09-24

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Bizball: Astros Will Use Money to Pay Down Debt, but Is That a Bad Thing?
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Maury Brown

09-17

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Bizball: Who is Getting the Most Bang for their Buck?
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Maury Brown

09-10

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Bizball: The Strasburg Shutdown and How It All Could Have Been Avoided
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Maury Brown

08-27

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Bizball: The Priciest Trade Ever Made
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Maury Brown

08-20

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Bizball: How Low Will Jim Crane Go with the Astros?
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Maury Brown

08-13

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Bizball: The Kitchen Sink (A Roundup of Baseball Biz)
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Maury Brown

08-06

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Bizball: Get Off the Idea of Contraction in Major League Baseball
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Maury Brown

07-31

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Bizball: Inefficiency Becoming the Norm with Veteran Contract Extensions
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Maury Brown

07-23

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Bizball: Five Ways MLB Can Market Itself Better
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Maury Brown

07-16

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Bizball: Playing the MLB All-Star Game Television Ratings Game
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Maury Brown

07-09

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Bizball: How Much Could MLB’s Next National Television Contracts Be Worth?
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Maury Brown

07-02

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Bizball: How Much Salary Can You Allocate to One Player and Be Competitive?
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Maury Brown

06-25

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Bizball: Inside the MASN/Nationals Television Contract Dispute
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Maury Brown

06-18

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Bizball: How Every Club in MLB is Getting Rich, Thanks to Television
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Maury Brown

06-11

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Bizball: Inside the 2012-16 MLB CBA: Major Changes Come to the League’s Drug Policy
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Maury Brown

06-04

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Bizball: Inside the 2012-16 MLB CBA: Minimum Salaries, the Luxury Tax
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Maury Brown

05-29

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Bizball: Inside the 2012-16 CBA: The Luxury Tax Meets the Draft
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Maury Brown

05-14

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Bizball: New CBA, Fans Sue MLB, Jerry McMorris Dies, and Other Picture Postcards
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Maury Brown

05-07

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Bizball: Who Will Be MLB’s First $300 Million Player?
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Maury Brown

05-01

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Bizball: The Frank McCourt Era Is Over
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Maury Brown

04-23

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Bizball: 12 Detailed Looks At Early MLB Attendance
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Maury Brown

04-16

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Bizball: Why the Seattle Mariners Could Be Sold
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Maury Brown

04-09

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Bizball: Big Money and the Opening Day Payrolls
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Maury Brown

04-02

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BP Unfiltered: This Isn’t Baseball. It’s About Autism
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Maury Brown

04-02

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Bizball: Inside MLB’s Social Media Policy for Players
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Maury Brown

03-28

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Bizball: A New Day for the Dodgers
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April 2, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Inside MLB’s Social Media Policy for Players

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A look at MLB's new policy for how clubs and players can interact with fans in social media

If you haven’t gotten on the social media train, it’s left the station and then some. Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets for social media have become key communication platforms not only for fans, but for players, clubs, and leagues alike.

With that, you get a “good thing/bad thing” proposition. The good thing: players can now reach fans directly. The bad thing, well… players can now reach fans directly.

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The Frank McCourt era blissfully comes to an end in Los Angeles, as a group led by Magic Johnson agrees to purchase the Dodgers for a whopping $2.15 billion.

It wasn’t the most cash in the deal that won the day, but rather a whopping total, and maybe—just maybe—some goodwill for Frank McCourt.

Late Tuesday night, the Dodgers and Frank McCourt announced they had reached an agreement under which Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) will acquire the Dodgers for $2 billion upon completion of the closing process. The purchasing group includes Mark R. Walter, who is the CEO of Guggenheim  Partners, a privately held global financial services firm with more than $125 billion in assets under management , as its controlling partner. However, it’s former Los Angeles Laker great Earvin “Magic” Johnson who will likely be the face of the Dodgers. The group also includes Peter Guber (the Golden State Warriors co-owner who is also the chairman and chief executive of Mandalay Entertainment, which is invested in the successful Dayton Dragons minor-league team); Stan Kasten (former Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves president), Bobby Patton (oil and gas investor), and Todd Boehly (president of  Guggenheim  Partners ) as other key investors.

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A critical view of Forbes' team valuations

Full disclosure before I get started: on top of doing my thing here at Baseball Prospectus, I’m a contributor to Forbes SportsMoney. For a guy like me, writing about stuff like this (the business of sports) is, well… it’s a privilege to write for Forbes, one of, if not the, most established business outlets around.

For years, I have been tracking the annual valuations of Major League Baseball clubs that Mike Ozanian started with Financial World, which Kurt Badenhausen now co-authors at Forbes. They’re great as a “trending” measurement, but they have fallen short in terms of real accuracy.

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A look at the final contenders in the mix to buy the Dodgers and the chances of each succeeding

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Who knows how many fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers prescribe to Nietzsche’s well-worn quote, but it’s a fervent prayer for baseball and certainly for many who are watching the bankruptcy sale of the club. The Dodgers are more than just some random club; they are a cornerstone of the league’s history.

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A look at that situation facing a potential sale of the San Diego Padres

For Jeff Moorad, he has the option of looking at the glass half-empty or half-full. As the man that entered into an agreement with John Moores to purchase the San Diego Padres, getting the sale completed has been a perfect example of most matters in baseball’s “lodge” of owners move: glacially slow. In a case somewhat reminiscent of the Dodgers, Moores’s divorce from his wife precipitated the sale of the Padres. Since Moorad’s group didn’t have funding lined up 100 percent, the deal (in-principle) was to allow five years to get it all completed with $100 million for a 35 percent interest provided in 2009 and additional funds to push it to 49 percent in 2010.

But, there’s been a problem—one that money alone can’t seem to solve. Last week, the former super-agent, Diamondbacks owner, and current Vice Chairman and CEO of the Padres backed out of seeking controlling interest in the club to complete the $1.5 billion television rights deal for the Padres with FOX Sports.

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March 5, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Baseball Cashes in with Expanded Playoffs

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Two more Wild Card teams might mean hundreds of millions more in revenue for Major League Baseball.

Love it or hate it, Major League Baseball is about to have 10 playoff teams in 2012. The deal to add the fifth seeds from each league into the playoff mix this season, as opposed to next, was something that was collectively bargained for as part of the new CBA. The question was only whether it would happen this season or next. The owners wanted it. Selig wanted it. The players were concerned about the schedule and travel, which was valid given that the 2012 schedule had already been finalized. The issue had been how to deal with any potential regular season tie-breaker games, squeeze in the new Wild Card games the day after the regular season ends, and still allow time for rainouts during the League Division Series and League Championship Series while fitting it all into a three-week window from Oct 3 to the start of the World Series on Oct. 24. Those concerns by the players were addressed as part of the discussions, although the risk is still there if Mother Nature (read: rain) wrecks the party.

There are (and will continue to be) debates about whether adding in the extra Wild Cards will be good or bad for the game. Certainly, Game 163—those potential tiebreakers in the regular season—may be diminished. But this much is certain: there will be millions of dollars reaped from the additional playoff teams being added. And, if stars align, the haul could amount to hundreds of millions. Here’s why.

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A look inside Ryan Braun's PED case

Let’s just cut to the chase and say, “We don’t know.” Of course, we’re talking about Ryan Braun’s PED case, which saw his 50-game suspension overturned this past week. There are just too many questions still unanswered, many of which may never be fully known.  What we do know is there are two issues in the Braun case that are in direct conflict with each other: Braun tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, and the manner in which Braun’s test specimen was handled was deemed to break the chain of custody protocol within baseball’s drug agreement. You can argue that Braun’s comments come into play as well, but at the heart of it, the matter is about a positive PED test and the manner in which the specimen that showed that Braun’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was over the threshold for a positive test was handled improperly. That’s it.

The following breaks down aspects of the most recently available Joint Drug Agreement (JDA) as it relates directly to the Braun case (a new JDA that is part of the recently reached CBA has not yet been released to the public).

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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Inside the 2012 Salary Arbitration Class

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Taking a deeper look at the players who went through (or threatened to go through) the arbitration process this winter

Salary arbitration is a funny thing. In an era when club owners and COOs are more honed in on cost certainty with contracts than ever, few clubs fully know what player payroll for the upcoming season will be until approximately a month and a half before the season begins. Until each player has reached a contract or gone to hearing in the salary arbitration process, you don’t know what each player will ultimately be paid.

This year, I went diving deeper than ever before in salary arbitration, and for the time, I am making all my data for the 2012 salary arbitration season available for download. Here’s the details, plus an explanation as to why the increases, while large, shouldn’t be too surprising on a certain level.

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February 13, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Mets Shell Game with Money May Stave Off Take-Over

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A look at the Mets' financial situation and how they could turn the ship around

With Sandy Alderson’s foray into Twitter the exception, these are dark times for the Mets. Besieged by Irving Picard (the trustee in the Bernie Madoff case), declines in attendance, and (as a result) a decline in cash flow, the Wilpons and Saul Katz (aka Sterling Equities) are throwing everything but the kitchen sink in front of the door to block a takeover.

Most Mets fans are at the point where they’d like nothing more than to see new ownership take over the club. Such is sports. While Sterling strikes one as part of the “1%” for ownership, they view the Mets in much the same manner that homeowners across the country feel about their home that’s teetering on the edge of repossession. Anything and everything is being done to try and protect it, which means moving around assets, restructuring loans, and bringing in what little fresh money can be found through minority investments.

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February 7, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Salary Arbitration Picture Postcards

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A look at why salary arbitration is an important and overlooked part of the off-season and which players and teams are involved this year

I’ve been informed (more than once, mind you), that “readers are not interested in salary arbitration.” Which I find stupefying; I can’t believe those watching the game closely aren’t paying (close) attention. Saying that there is no interest in salary arbitration in MLB is kind of like saying there is no interest in free agency. After all, Marvin Miller has said that salary arbitration, not free agency, has likely had a larger impact on the game.

Maybe it’s because the majority of the players involved are rank-and-file. Or, unlike free agency, salaries are (mostly) constrained within certain confines of “comping” to other players and their salaries. Maybe, it’s just that salary arbitration isn’t “sexy.” Whatever. That seems bogus. Readers should care for the same reason that owners, GMs, and MLB organizations care: it influences roster outcomes.

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A look at how the sale of the Dodgers could get complicated and how it could have a multi-sport impact

I know this is “Baseball” Prospectus, but sports business is a funny thing. There are such a myriad of intersecting factors—sponsorships, television rights, stadium development, digital platforms, and such—that, in a way, it’s like looking at art—you have to stand back from it to get the full picture.

So, while this piece is about baseball, it’s really about something larger. And, if matters land a particular way, it can change the face of not only one market but create a synergy between two sports leagues.

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January 23, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: How the AL West Has Become the AL East

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A look at the changing landscape of the AL West and how the Rangers and Angels are becoming the new Yankees and Red Sox

I touched on this briefly in my first piece back with BP (See “How Television Money and International Sponsorships Allowed the Rangers to Win the Yu Darvish Posting Fee Derby”), but while you weren’t looking, it happened: the AL West became the AL East. No, this has nothing to do with realignment or some West Coast tectonic shift resulting in the “The Big One.” No, this is about an arms race, and we ain’t talkin’ pitchers. It’s what I’ve coined “behavioral spending”—the impact of revenues increasing or decreasing quickly for a club and how it impacts roster construction.

It started, oddly enough, with a bankruptcy—the Texas Rangers’ bankruptcy, to be exact. Back when Tom Hicks owned the club and was floundering in red ink with his holding company Hicks Sports Group, he tried (just as Frank McCourt tried with the Dodgers) to get the league to let him use the media rights for the Rangers as a way to pay down debt. Selig said then (as he said again with McCourt), that the league doesn’t work that way. You can do media deals to advance a club, not to dig it out of a hole you foolishly made.

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