A look at the ten most likely places for a new MLB club
It seems that nearly every week, articles surrounding the potential relocation of the A’s and Rays surface. A panel looking into a potential San Jose relocation for the A’s has been gridlocked since 2009 (and remember, the A’s have been looking to move to San Jose for a heck of a lot longer than that). The Rays haven’t been far behind in their efforts to get out of Tropicana Field. Whether it’s the commute for fans to get to the domed stadium, the aesthetics, or the need to be closer to an urban core, it seems that Tampa Bay has been seeking a new ballpark for just as long. Relocation for these two clubs is crucial.
Another thing that comes up less frequently but has extra meaning going into 2013 is expansion. With the Astros moving into the AL West, the American League and National League will now be balanced at 15 clubs a piece. The problem is that 15 is an odd number, and as a result, interleague will become a daily affair. It’s unlikely that’s something that the league wanted, so getting to 32 clubs would take care of that matter. That would mean revenues spread thinner with two extra mouths to feed. Additionally, it’s no given that one or both wouldn’t be revenue-sharing takers, and trying to get ballparks built is no easy feat in this economy. So, 30 is a number that seems to suit the “Big Four” sports leagues in North America. The NBA has it. Ditto for the NHL. Currently, only the NFL—which has the advantage of being highly centralized (revenues are shared more evenly across the franchises) and exceptionally popular—is the exception at 32 clubs.
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Our newest contributor introduces himself, and explains why the Cubs are overdue for a winning season.
This season will mark my 30th year as a Cubs fan. After realizing just how exciting baseball could be as I watched the 1975 World Series, my brother and I began following the Cubs during the summer of 1976. We followed the Cubs because growing up in eastern Iowa the only televised games, besides Monday Night Baseball, were WGN-TV broadcasts picked up by the Quad Cities affiliate on Sunday afternoons. As an eight year-old my heroes were Manny Trillo, Rick Monday, Jerry Morales, Steve Swisher (yes, the father of the A's outfielder), Ray Burris, and my favorite, the immortal Jose Cardenal.
Well, that Cubs team finished 75-87, and thus began my journey towards becoming the conservative that I am today, grounded in the belief that both man and nature are fallen, and that the law of unintended consequences must always be considered.
You wrote this article a year or so ago and I found
it incredibly interesting at the time. As I was watching the Cubans play
in the World Baseball Classic tournament I couldn't help but think back to this research and
wanted to get your impressions.