Re: Jet Blue Park
posted at 12/21/2011 6:43 PM EST
In Response to Re: Jet Blue Park
John Henry clarified why he was against signing Carl Crawford when he said that the team already had too much left-handed hitting. The "fired" conditioning coach said that 3-4 players were out of condition. What should ticket prices be is contingent on many variables. Among them is payroll that must be met, fan expectations of the desired skillset on the field, meeting demands of greedy players, park improvements, scouting costs, minor league expenses, debt service payments. overhead and staffing, inflation and the economy. I thought that Moneyball championed the underdog, the poorer teams, doing it the hard way with intelligence and strategy. Are you sure that you have read the book or saw the movie?
Posted by UticaClub
I make no secret that I saw the movie, not read the book. Moneyball didn't champion the underdog so much (movie at least), but yes to the intelligence/strategy thinking.
Yes, ticket prices should be contingent on MANY variables, not the least of which should be previous season's performance. The IMMEDIATELY previous season more-so, and no more than 3 season previous. For instance, the Sox have charged and spent a LOT the past 2 years, and have 0 playoff appearences. Ticket prices should be dropped dramatically as a way to ACTUALLY give back to fans who were so overcharged for the mediocre product they were given the past 2 seasons in place of the premium product they were promised.
But then, I also think players should be paid based on what they do.
My "dream" scenario would be every team has 100million for payroll, and doles it out AFTER each season based on performance and importance to their team. Ellsbury, for instance, should probably have been the highest paid Sox, and Crawford one of the lowest.
Probably sounds too "commie" for most people's comfort zone. But players wouldn't all flock to a single team where they can ALL be overpaid, you'd have guys WANTING to play for a team like the Pirates for a chance to earn a bigger chunk. Pujols wants as much money as he can get? Simply go to the worst team in baseball, and help them get better. Everyone wins. Well, everyone except people that already make ubermillions.
That way with payroll certainty, ticket prices and concessions are kept reasonable, and no team runs into a situation where they have a terrible contract pulling down the team, players don't quit after getting paid, and no more "contract year" spikes in stats.
I know, my fantasy land. Sad thing is, is all seems perfectly reasonable
to me. There's that word again, why is it so hard for people to be it?
I recently bred 3/4 pure malamutes. Purebreds go for close to 1000, mixed breeds still go for, typically, 4-800. I sold 3 for 300 apiece, 2 for 150, and traded 1 for some home improvement work. I could have held out for 600 apiece and I'm sure I could have gotten it. However, I came up with a prie I thought was reasonable, and am happy to have provided so much happiness to 6 different families. Would I, personally, be happier with another $2400? I guess, who wouldn't? But, there is a bigger picture, and things outside of my bottom line were factored.
Once people stop being greedy, and start being humane, most wars end, poverty lessens, world hunger decreases, prices for everything go down, and people would be happier.
"Bottom line". Kind of a funny term, especially when you realize it's dragging ALL of us down.