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A grifter plys his trade

ESPN.com reports that:

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig insists the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays must have new ballparks to be able to compete.

Bud Selig is shameless. He demands the building of new stadia during a long economic downturn, one during which local and state tax revenues have fallen, when the federal government runs budget deficits in order to fight foreign wars and to keep the effective tax rate low and when the real unemployment rate exceeds 20%. He wants these local municipalities to build these structures after guiding through a Collective Bargaining Agreement which all but ensures that teams like the Rays and the A's will find it very difficult to compete with the high-revenue teams. Those teams are revenue fountains mostly because of their television rights contracts, not their ball parks.

Later in the article, Selig hints that the Cubs and the Red Sox will need new venues.

Bud Selig -- an economic predator.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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