Schott's idea not resonating with Selig
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| By jesse on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 08:23 pm:|
Can you picture the Mariners replacing the "Ichiro" name with, say, "Al's Towing" or "Hooters" across the back of jersey No. 51?
Steve Schott, the Oakland Athletics' owner, says revenue from Little League's tried-and-true sponsor idea could be the ticket to help small-market teams keep their big-name players. Commissioner Bud Selig isn't so sure.
"That has never worked before," The Commish told the Oakland Tribune. "I know how he feels about the continuing exodus of players. Frankly, the way to deal with that problem is to get him a new ballpark, so he can do it himself."
Exhibit A: the not-Selig-owned (wink, wink) Milwaukee Brewers, who — despite the opening of Miller Park only three years ago — ranked 28th among the 30 major-league teams in player payroll last season.
"Frankly, the way to deal with that problem is to get him a new ballpark, so he can do it himself."
When is Selig going to drop this lie?
| By jesse on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 06:22 pm:|
Its not a lie if you are winning team. If the A's had Pac Bell park the last 4 seasons instead of the Giants, who would have won the attendance race? Who would have sold out their entire season?
I think we all know the Answer.
Why do we care if we get a new stadium so Schott can get more money? We're winning and tickets are cheap. A new stadium would mean unnecessary tax increases and higher ticket prices. If we're lucky all we'll get is a pretty place to play but even that isn't a guarantee (Miller Park).
| By goldtymer on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 09:05 am:|
I can see it now.....
Steve was sitting around drinking a bit too much Cuddy or perhaps smoking a hooter with a pal when they clicked the remote over to "The Bad News Bears" and saw the "Chico's Bail Bonds" logo. He lit up with excitement and slipped out of his chair, stumbling to get that note in for his next pow wow with Buddy.
Even Buddy will roll his eyes about this one.
| By kevink on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 10:59 am:|
Schott is just a wannabe Charlie Finley.
He's patterned his cheapness after finley now he wants to change the game or something.
| By goldtymer on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 02:10 pm:|
Actually, the A's economics are following an old pattern used by Branch Rickey in NY & STL.
Swapping players for economic gain and discounting price per run wherever possible was a solid Branch Rickey trick.
He could afford to do this because he revolutionized the minor league systems, building up a virtual plethora of hot young available talent.
Eventually of course, he sold it all off...