And here is the other end of the spectrum:The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays are on the verge of a blockbuster trade that would send shortstop Jose Reyes and pitcher Josh Johnson to Toronto, according to sources.Also going to Toronto would be pitcher Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio."Just about any (Marlins) player making money is going to Toronto," a source told ESPN.The Blue Jays are sending shortstop Yunel Escobar, two top prospects -- outfielder Jake Marisnick and shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria -- and possibly more to the Marlins.Information from ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney was used in this report.
The Image That Defines Parity in the NFL
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sad to see the breakdown in the relationship between the show and jerry barca. he was an entertaining guest and the football talk is a nice change of pace from gay rights.
Parity which makes everybody more money. Ron points to this as socialism but he's wrong. If three or four big market teams were to start severely out spending everybody else because they have much bigger fan bases they would win the vast majority of their games and the only sellouts the NFL would see would be their home games. Who's going to pay a couple hundred bucks altogether to go watch their team most assuredly lose (current Jets fans are a statistical outlier)? Having it set up this way where most games are nothing more than a coin flip fans from almost every team can take comfort knowing that even though they're spending a small fortune to go to the game their team actually has a chance at winning. That translates to far more tickets being sold which in turn means more money for everyone. You just have to look at the NFL as one money making entity with thirty two branches. The better more branches do the better it is for the entity as a whole. It's nothing more than quality control. Thirty two mediocre to good products is better financially than four great products and twenty eight duds. The NFL being the capitalists they are have figured out the best way to maximize profits. Now if only they could compete with HDTV.
More money does not always mean a better team. Look at baseball. Boston spends a ton, and sucks, and the Yankees haven't been able to buy a WS for a while. Teams that spend less, but ore efficiently, are competitive, and even win the WS from time to time.
@MoeSzyslak01 its not just about the fans that attend games, its vegas, and the moneys the fans at home that bet on the games, without parity it would be more like boxing, a pile of cash bet in spurts, this is set up for 16-20 weeks of heavy action. then its on to march maddness...
@MoeSzyslak01 dude, no way I am reading all that
Also one overtime win for the chefs shouldn't count, it took 9 games for them to lead in a game and they still lost in overtime to the steelers.