cmkeller: When I played in a APA league in Junior High, my team was known as the Pocatello Potatoes!
As for the great debate (it really belongs there IMHO) about expansion, I say that if a region can support a McDonalds, it willl have one, and if not the McDonalds will close, so sports teams should operate on the same premise.
(I know McDonalds is a chain, but most of them are franchises, which does not hurt this point at all, as all teams are franchises under the MLB heading.)
Now, I have difficulties when we speak of “small market teams” which are shafted in baseball. This is because the criteria makes no sense given that the Orioles, in the 23rd largest market, are big-spending evidence of that “big markets have all the money and buy WS titles” mentality, whereas Oakland, in a market so large it has two teams (#5) is considered a “small market success story” by the media and fans.
We should call it “owners who want to spend vs. owners who do not” and leave market size out of the equation.
If Montreal cannot support a team, they should move. But since Toronto was not hurting for money, had great crowds and won two championships in a row this decade, I don’t think it’s fair to indict all Canadians for the failure of the Expos.
Fact is, the Expos were on tieir way towards a World Series triumph with the best record in baseball and one exciting team when the World Series was washed out in 1994.
Traditionally, the groundswell of support comes the year(s) after championships are had, and they didn’t have that in 1995.
They also didn’t have the players, as they let them go, pleading poverty. If I lived in Montreal, hell no I wouldn’t go and support a team that wouldn’t put up their money to keep a championship-level team together! Why should I pay MY hard earned money if THEY didn’t reciprocate?
As for places that would accept a team, I was in heaven thinking the Twins were gonna come down here a couple years ago, since that meant I would have been able to see my beloved NY Yankees in my own backyard.
Instead I get hockey. Yay.
The controlling and domineering Peter Angelos will never let DC get a team as it will cut into his fanbase in Baltimore tremendously. But I think the area could support two baseball teams as it dod for many years - it’s supporting two football teams right now, after all.
As for other markets (and even these two) the sad fact is that only a municipality ready to offer tax breaks, build a stadium, and basicly strong-arm it’s constituants into accepting tax increases for the above will be in the hunt for any team.
Let’s use the alegory as a sports franchise to a retail outlet.
If you were offered the following, how do you think you’d do:
- Free office space for everything you need.
- Income from the merchandise sold within this building and abroad.
- Free advertising locally and nationally.
- Tax breaks where you pretty much don’t pay any taxes.
- Other income from TV, merchandide sold throughout the country that you do not even have to manufacture, but simply allow others to license, aside from the customers within this building.
With these advantages, how could you NOT be happy in business? You’d have to be really clueless to fuck that kind of set-up up. And though they claim that x-amount of teams lose money every year, I think if you take everything into account, they are wrong because that is an awful high percentage of multi-millionaires to be stupid, and most of them didn’t get to be multi-millionaires to begin with by being that stupid.
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