Letter from the Edge:
Is it impotence? A lack of character? What is it?
What are you trying to make up for when you go out and throw your
wads of bling into the fire? With your trade of Alfonso Soriano
to the Texas Rangers for baseball’s glamour boy, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez,
your lunacy has jumped to its greatest heights.
Your New York Yankees are now like a porno starring Angelina Jolie,
Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Jenna Jamison, Elizabeth Figurski,
Pamela Anderson, Bridget Moynihan... and a bunch of Western girls.
They’re like a table full of Labatt Blue, Labatt 50, Moosehead,
Alexander Keiths and endless shots of sweet, sweet vodka.
Rodriguez (US$25.2 million), Derek Jeter ($18.9 million), Jason
Giambi ($17.1 million), Kevin Brown ($15 million), Mike Mussina
($14.75 million), Gary Sheffield ($13 million), Bernie Williams
($12.5 million), Javier Vazquez ($11.25 million), Jorge Posada
($10.2 million) and Mariano Rivera ($10 million) all will make
over $10 million next year. Furthermore, the Yankees’ left
side of the infield will make $32 million next year. That’s
more than the entire 2003 Tampa Bay Devil Rays payroll.
I will be completely honest, the idea of Jeter and Rodriguez manning
the infield of the most storied professional sports team on the
face of the planet is very intriguing. Trying to hit through the
left side of the Yankees’ defense next year will be like
trying to snag a casting role in the earlier mentioned film.
But the trade for Rodriguez is just one instance in a long line
of professional sports’ business follies. With owners opening
their wallets to spend exorbitant amounts of money on a guy who
hits and catches a small white ball, professional sports is going
the way of the dodo.
The National Hockey League is going to die a slow, painful death
next year as a strike is sure to occur over the current Collective
Bargaining Agreement expiring after this season. The battle over
revenues has been ongoing between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman argues the current CBA will drive
the NHL into extinction, while NHLPA head Bob Goodenow argues that
the players salaries aren’t the problem.
The league seemed to gain the striking blow this week when Arthur
Levitt, Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission,
conducted an extensive evaluation and found that NHL players are
making 76 per cent of revenues, which he states as completely and
utterly debilitating to the future of a business. He added that
he would never loan or back a business in a league such as the
The NBA and Major League Baseball appear to be headed in the same
direction. It’s a battle between the haves and have-nots.
The Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Lakers and other big market
teams spend and spend, while the lesser knowns toil in obscurity.
Maybe the solution lies in contraction. Fewer teams, better players,
more competition. Maybe that will bring the fans back into the
The future looks gloomy. As fun as it is (catch the sarcasm) to
watch A-Rod and Jeter and the rest of the overpaid Yankees decimate
virtual farm teams in MLB, it is much more exciting watching two
teams duke it out to the bitter end.
Then again, there’s always the Florida Marlins to fall back