Jewish World Review March 28, 2003 / 24 Adar II, 5763

Evan Weiner

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Baseball already striking out


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | The baseball season gets underway this weekend, but there doesn't seem to be much improvement in the financial imbalance between the top and bottom teams.

Last August's signing of a new collective bargaining agreement between the players and owners was supposed to usher in a new age for baseball. A revenue sharing scheme would take money from rich teams like the Yankees and divide it among needy teams.

Well, it doesn't appear that is happening. Baseball now is promoting Oakland as its latest poster child for economic inequities. The baseball commissioner Bud Selig questioned whether or not Oakland will have a team in 2008 and the A's ownership admits it can't resign its best player, Miguel Tejada.

Lamenting economic conditions is, of course, how baseball operates. Meanwhile Montreal is still ownerless, Florida is financially struggling, as is Minnesota. Ruppert Murdoch's Los Angeles Dodgers and Disney's Anaheim Angels are up for sale and AOL Time Warner could unload the Atlanta Braves.

The new collective bargaining agreement is in its infancy, but it hasn't been a cure all and that's baseball's biggest problem.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.

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© 2003, Evan Weiner