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You Must Read This: Dave Cameron on the Economics of Baseball


OK, "must" may be too strong a word - but the next time I read anyone complaining about a decision made by the Pirates that has anything to do with money, the first thing I will as them is, "Did you read Dave Cameron's THT piece about the baseball economy?"

If the answer is "No", then their opinion immediately becomes suspect.

Some pull-quotes to fill out the word count:

...the best path to parity is not to try to stop rich teams from spending what they make, but to shift revenues from a local model to a centralized model... There will always be ways in which teams can generate a competitive advantage by spending money, and limiting spending on major league players or amateur acquisitions just incentivizes teams to find new ways to buy advantages... But if the money comes into the league first, and then is distributed to the individual teams, MLB can control resource disparity and promote competitive balance...

...teams do not spend 100 percent of their revenues on player payroll, and player salaries have not kept pace with revenue gains as of late... Of the projected $9 billion in 2014 major league revenues, teams are going to spend between $3.5 billion and $4.0 billion on player expenditures this season...

... free agency is not the only place to spend money; it may actually be the worst...

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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