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More great work from Jason @ It's All About the Money. The chart above illustrates the disparity...

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More great work from Jason @ It's All About the Money. The chart above illustrates the disparity between the highest and lowest team payrolls for every year since 1990. And Jason should know: he runs a Yankees blog. Seriously though, note that 2002 is when things really start going nuts. Also note that 2002 is the first year of the current soft cap regime we have in today's MLB. This is what happens when you have a soft cap, revenue sharing, and no salary floor.

Salary Caps Have Widened The Money Gap In Pro Sports

So says Mike Ozanian at Forbes SportsMoney, "the conventional wisdom is that salary caps benefit poorer teams. But in reality they benefit richer teams more." I've been arguing this for some time now, and I'm glad that the MSM is beginning to take notice. By the way: what's worse than hard salary caps? Soft caps without salary floors.

Will Extending the Playoffs Really Dilute the Regular Season?

By far the most common complaint I read regarding Selig's plan to add a second wild card is that it would "dilute the regular season." Personally, I'm suspicious of this argument, and I'll tell you why...

Competitive Balance II.V: Upward and Downward Mobility

As you can see, baseball is the laggard again. However, unlike the graph above, this data shows that the NHL is just as mobile as the NFL, and the NBA isn't far behind.

Gambling for October: How Expanding the Playoffs Could Aid Parity

One to rectify parity issues in baseball—without engineering a massive overhaul of the revenue sharing and luxury tax systems that would require the consent of a supermajority of the owners and the MLBPA—is simply to sweeten the pot: add a couple more playoff teams.

Competitive Mobility a Problem in MLB, but not because of Payroll

The point is that payroll effects are relatively weak--if at all significant--determinants of competitive balance. That said, those who criticize the level of competitive balance in baseball can draw support from these findings.

So there you have it--the MLB is clearly the most balanced American sports league [when looking...

Wingini-year

So there you have it--the MLB is clearly the most balanced American sports league [when looking solely at regular season data], and the NFL the least balanced, contrary to popular opinion. This tells us that there is something inherent in baseball that is generating a great deal of fairness for the teams that play, regardless of payroll disparity. This also raises the possibility that Baseball's "competitive balance problem" may be nothing more than a public relations problem (which isn't insignificant, it's just not a problem that can be fixed by modifying the distribution of payrolls). Readers: Before you bring up the issues of sample size and granularity regarding the use of Gini Coefficients, please read the whole piece. Continue reading at Rational Pastime...

As you can see, the MLB has consistently maintained a greater disparity in payrolls than the NBA...

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As you can see, the MLB has consistently maintained a greater disparity in payrolls than the NBA and NFL since the start of the previous decade, and the NHL since 2005. Far more interesting are the trends of salary disparities in the non-baseball leagues. Before the 2004-05 lockout season, the NHL was maintaining a level of payroll inequality similar to that of the MLB. Pro basketball has also seen payroll inequality wax and wane through time, while the NFL's distribution of salaries remains rather stable. Read more at Rational Pastime...

Hey... This DOESN'T Involve Willie F. Bloomquist

This was just posted at BP. Pretty interesting since we just had an extended salary cap discussion/bitchfest.

Cesspool scheduled for demolition

So, you may have heard, they just finished playing the last game ever at Yankee Stadium — once the home to the greatest organization in sports, a symbol of American excellence.  Back then, there...

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