Anyone who has been involved in an organized sport, whether it is backyard football or a high school sports team, knows that these sports all have organizations that are responsible for setting rules, determining conditions of play, and penalizing individuals who infringe the rules. Some of the organizations like the National Football league and the MLB are familiar to most people, the rules they follow are not generally understood by anyone who is not closely associated with the sport. Most fans and sport critics assume that what is happening inside these organizations are of little concern to them. However, this is not the case. In the MLB, the New York Yankees spend an excessive amount of money every year to obtain big name players. A
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Bud Selig’s 2001 editorial in the Baseball Almanac makes it clear that the Major League Baseball Associations primary responsibility is to oversee the entire operation and maintain the integrity of the game, such as the way the game is played and the way teams are organized. He asserts that “the salary cap would be a good way to make teams in MLB considered equal with the issue of money” (44). Selig sees the Major Leagues as a “battle between the rich and poor teams.” His focus is that the New York Yankees spend more than $50 million dollars on big name players that other teams are not capable of doing, one can conclude that without substantial changes, the New York Yankees will continue to exceed the spending limit and will gradually build a stronger more dominant team. What readers might take from Selig’s editorial is that a salary cap would benefit the smaller less fortunate teams.
According to the article, www.bossports.net, wrote on December 1, 2000, Bob George explains why he believes there should be a salary cap in baseball. He compares the “MLB to the earlier NBA years in the 1950's and 1960's.” These were the decades in which the Boston Celtics won 11 titles in 13 years. He states, “The team was hated all over the world and was all due in part to the lack of a salary cap.” He made it clear that, “in the MLB today, we are once again in the midst of the greatest dynasty in the history