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07-13

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The BP Wayback Machine: A Good Deal... but Not a Great One
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Keith Law

03-05

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Bizball: Baseball Cashes in with Expanded Playoffs
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Maury Brown

02-07

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The Payoff Pitch: Whose Money Is It, Anyway?
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Neil deMause

11-16

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Prospectus Q&A: J.C. Bradbury, Part I
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David Laurila

08-26

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Prospectus Perspective: Acting Like Thieves or Rational Agents?
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Matt Swartz

08-12

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Squawking Baseball: Do New Owners Spend More?
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Shawn Hoffman

08-20

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The Biz Beat: A New Way to Rank the GMs
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Shawn Hoffman

08-12

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The Biz Beat: A Revenue-Sharing Re-Think
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Shawn Hoffman

06-04

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The Biz Beat: 21st Century Labor Issues
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Shawn Hoffman

05-21

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The Biz Beat: Conceiving a New Contract
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Shawn Hoffman

01-22

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Cut Out
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Shawn Hoffman

06-27

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The Big Picture: Competitive Sharing
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David Pinto

05-17

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Schrodinger's Bat: Organized Common Sense
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Dan Fox

04-30

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The Ledger Domain: Q&A with Vince Gennaro
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Maury Brown

04-25

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The Ledger Domain: A Look Inside Forbes' MLB Franchise Valuations
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Maury Brown

11-06

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The Ledger Domain: A Look at the New Collective Bargaining Agreement: Luxury Tax, and Minimum Payroll
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Maury Brown

11-03

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On the Margins
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Neil deMause

10-30

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The Ledger Domain: The New Collective Bargaining Agreement - Revenue Sharing
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Maury Brown

07-07

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Schrodinger's Bat: Thinking and Rethinking: Part 2
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Dan Fox

02-16

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Bronx Bummer
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Neil deMause

01-31

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Amazin' Mail
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Neil deMause

08-01

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The Evil Empire Strikes Back
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Neil deMause

05-05

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The Return of Swamp Thing
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Neil deMause

08-16

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Bridging the Gap
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Doug Pappas

08-15

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The Zumsteg Plan
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Derek Zumsteg

08-07

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The Daily Prospectus: Optimism
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Joe Sheehan

04-18

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Prospectus Feature: Sensible Revenue Sharing: One Man's Plan
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Keith Woolner

04-18

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Sensible Revenue Sharing
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Keith Woolner

04-03

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Prospectus Feature: The Numbers (Part Eight): MLB vs. Forbes
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Doug Pappas

03-28

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The Daily Prospectus: Truth
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Joe Sheehan

03-28

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The Daily Prospectus: Truth
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Joe Sheehan

03-20

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March Madness
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Doug Pappas

03-20

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March Madness
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Doug Pappas

03-06

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: MLB v. NFL
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Joe Sheehan

03-06

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The Daily Prospectus: MLB v. NFL
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Joe Sheehan

02-19

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The Daily Prospectus: Salary Cap
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Joe Sheehan

02-04

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The Numbers (Part Six)
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Doug Pappas

01-30

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The Daily Prospectus: Revenue Sharing
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Joe Sheehan

12-20

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The Numbers (Part Three)
by
Doug Pappas

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Earlier this week, we talked about what the future of baseball's national TV contracts might look like. Here's a glance at their past.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

Earlier this week, Maury Brown examined the future of baseball's national TV contracts. For a look at its past, revisit the piece reproduced below, which was originally published as a "The Imbalance Sheet" column on September 28, 2000.
 


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March 5, 2012 3:00 am

Bizball: Baseball Cashes in with Expanded Playoffs

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Maury Brown

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 brief history of revenue sharing, from Bill Veeck to Randy Levine.

A little over a week ago, Yankees president and designated apoplectic pit bull Randy Levine decided to divert attention from his team's pitching woes by going after a new target: Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg. Five days earlier, the Texas honcho had asserted that it was his team's efforts to sign Cliff Lee that had stalled the Yankees long enough for the Phillies to enter the picture with their ultimately winning bid. Levine, hearing these as fighting words, lashed out by calling Greenberg a welfare case:

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November 16, 2010 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: J.C. Bradbury, Part I

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David Laurila

The baseball economist discusses market value, revenue sharing, and a player's value to various teams.

J.C. Bradbury is the author of The Baseball Economist and the newly-released Hot Stove Economics: Understanding Baseball’s Second Season. An associate professor at Kennesaw State University, Bradbury has a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.


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August 26, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Perspective: Acting Like Thieves or Rational Agents?

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Matt Swartz

Are the Pirates not trying to be competitive by making a profit or just being good businessmen?

Many fans were outraged last weekend when the Associated Press, which had leaked some of the team's financial statements, reported that the Pirates had earned a profit while receiving money from Major League Baseball via revenue sharing while spending less on player payroll than nearly every other team in the sport. Apparently, fans are shocked that the people who charge them $5 for a hot dog are more interested in their money than their happiness. However, this is exactly what a system like MLB's revenue sharing is bound to do. It creates an incentive for small-market teams to earn more money by not investing in the product on the field.

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August 12, 2010 8:00 am

Squawking Baseball: Do New Owners Spend More?

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Shawn Hoffman

The Rangers have finally been sold, so is it possible that the new owners will start spending much more than Tom Hicks?

In case you missed Maury Brown’s caffeine-fueled tweet binge last Wednesday, the Rangers’ ownership-transfer fiasco is finally (and mercifully) over. After months of endless negotiating and maneuvering, the group that was supposed to get the team all along—led by Pittsburgh lawyer Chuck Greenberg and former Advil pitchman Nolan Ryan—ended up winning a day-long auction, beating out a rival group headed by Mark Cuban. The team is now officially out of bankruptcy, off of MLB’s dole, and presumably ready to start running normally again.

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August 20, 2009 12:10 pm

The Biz Beat: A New Way to Rank the GMs

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Shawn Hoffman

Building on the work of Doug Pappas and Nate Silver, a new kind of scorecard.

Back in 2004, the late Doug Pappas came up with a simple way to evaluate how well each team was spending their money: marginal payroll per marginal win. Here's Doug's original formula:

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August 12, 2009 11:33 am

The Biz Beat: A Revenue-Sharing Re-Think

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Shawn Hoffman

One man's argument for how the dichotomy between big- and small-market teams be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.

"We've gone as far as we can go with revenue sharing at this point."
-Red Sox owner John Henry (SI.com)


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June 4, 2009 12:56 pm

The Biz Beat: 21st Century Labor Issues

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Shawn Hoffman

With Sonia Sotomayor headed for the highest bench, the specter of past labor wars inspires a review of the fights to come.

Did Sonia Sotomayor save baseball? Not exactly, but she did make a lot of people happy by effectively ending the strike of 1994-95. This past week, with Sotomayor being nominated to the Supreme Court, we've been able to relive that spring, and it's been a pretty good reminder of how far baseball has come. The last two CBAs have been signed without a work stoppage, and the current one was finished before the old one had even expired.

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May 21, 2009 11:28 am

The Biz Beat: Conceiving a New Contract

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Shawn Hoffman

What MLB can learn from the NFL's labor pains.

For decades, the NFL has been considered the model pro sports league, thanks to a system that promotes fiscal parity and, as a result, strong competitive balance between small- and large-market teams. The league has consistently won enormous national media contracts, which have allowed all 32 teams to be profitable, almost regardless of how many tickets or sponsorships they sell. Add in some local revenue sharing and a narrow payroll cap/floor system, and the result is a socialistic system that has kept everyone happy, at least on the surface.

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January 22, 2009 12:07 pm

Cut Out

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Shawn Hoffman

The addition of a new revenue stream to the industry won't necessarily flow into everybody's pockets.

After just three weeks on the air, the MLB Network is already the most successful cable station ever built by a major American sports league. Thanks to some nifty maneuvering in the spring of 2007, MLBN reaches approximately fifty million homes, making it the biggest launch in the history of cable television. It will also be lucrative from day one: MLBN is expected to bring in $200 million in revenue this year, and $300 million by 2012.

Bud Selig deserves a lot of the credit for this denouement. For all of his public faux pas, Czar Bud has steered MLB through its greatest (and longest) period of financial expansion. In 1993, his first year as acting commissioner, the sport took in $1.8 billion in revenues. This past season, MLB reached $6.5 billion, and is quickly closing the gap between itself and the NFL. The expanded playoffs, the stadium boom, and MLB Advance Media have all been tremendous growth engines, and MLBN could be the next profit center in that lineup. As Maury Brown detailed on Monday, the benefits to the owners are pretty wide-ranging: cash, equity, increased borrowing capacity-all in all, the network should be a very solid business for the foreseeable future.

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June 27, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: Competitive Sharing

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David Pinto

Dave suggests changes to the CBA that would give teams an incentive to draw on the road.

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