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McClatchy fears some clubs could face bankruptcy

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By deajay on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 07:50 pm:

There is a lot of merit to what he says. I'm still trying to figure out how the DBacks were able to fork out the $ they did. Oh, and methinks we may be headed for another baseball strike after the '06 season.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1978076

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By yc2578 on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 08:20 pm:

McClatchy has some decent points but in the end he's just another cheap owner crying poor.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By deajay on Friday, January 28, 2005 - 10:25 pm:

Well, hopefully, there will be one less in Oakland. :) And, no doubt, he is the epitomy of a "cheap" owner. Heck, he makes Schott look like he was anything but cheap. I find it amazing how the Pirates have that beautiful new park and yet they have spent very little on personnel, while trading their best players. I still can't figure out why they dealt Ramirez, but guess they just didn't want to pay for a multi-year extension.

Oh, and wasn't McClatchy one of those who expressed interest in buying the A's several years ago? If so, then that is reason to be thankful we got Schott/Hofmann instead.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By diamond_lil on Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 09:21 am:

Yes, McClatchy was interested in purchasing the A's, and at 20 million more than what Schott ended up paying.

However, Mr. Haas turned him down because he was from Sacramento and there was a question and suspicion he wanted to relocate the A's there or elsewhere.

So Haas opted to sell to Schott and Hofmann who gave them their word they would keep the A's in Oakland and honor the 10 year lease Haas had signed with the Coliseum.

The rest is history...they bought the team, got compensated another 11 million, bringing their investment down to 68 million and settle their lawsuit by playing rent free until last year.
Plus the concessionaire of food and parking of course.

So...the issue here is not how much they spend on the team or their budget...the issue some of us have with the ownership is whether they want to do what it takes to keep the team in Oakland or not.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By ballparkfrank on Tuesday, February 01, 2005 - 08:37 am:

McClatchey is correct, as there is more behind his allegations than what was quoted by the media. Many of these huge contracts are back loaded (e.g.,Carlos Beltran will be geting paid by the Mets through 2018). As a member of MLB's long range planning committee, he is pointing out the dangers of such a ploy being used by lower revenue teams (the Marlins and Carlos Delgado) to compete with the big revenue boys. The D-backs did it in the past and nearly went under and it looks like they are at it again.

The solution is to keep jacking up the luxury tax until the big boys think twice before overpaying players.


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