Salaries in Baseball are skyrocketing every year. Why would a salary cap be needed? It would be needed to help keep ticket prices down, and help make for a more even level of competition for all of the teams. A salary cap is needed to keep baseball thriving in the future, to keep the game exciting and enjoyable to watch for every fan.
The four major professional sports in America are MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL. Out of those four, only Major League Baseball does not have a salary cap. A salary cap keeps players salaries from getting to high because of the need to get your whole team under a certain dollar amount set by the league.
A salary cap in theory would give every team a chance to build a competitive ball club. But teams today that are not in a big market city have a disadvantage. Because "these teams will never reach the World Series until baseball owner's do the right thing and agree on a better system of revenue-sharing with a salary cap." (Hochgesang) A salary cap would help bring the competitive playing level to a more equal level.
But some people say that small market ball clubs could field competitive teams without a salary-cap by developing a good farm system. "But this theory has been disproved in recent years. Montreal and Pittsburgh have two of the best minor league systems in baseball, but their top young players only play for them a few seasons before becoming free agents and moving on to teams with bigger payrolls." (Hochgesang) The Cleveland Indians though are a small-market team and they seem to be able to have success by acquiring key players and through a successful farm club.
Players salaries are beginning to be more than some teams entire rosters. Alex Rodriguez was recently giv...
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...ompetitive level to or more equal level? I think that we will have to wait awhile to find out. The MLB players union is very strong, and there might have to be a long lockout to get anything accomplish. Baseball fans would not like it if baseball was put on hold again, but that might be what needs to happen.
I believe that baseball does need a salary cap or at least a way for the smaller teams to have more money to compete. A lot of compromises need to take place for the two sides to come to a final outcome. I hope that this can be done in the near future without taking anything away from the game.
"Baseball is in dire need of something to bring about parity and a salary cap would point it in the right direction. Until then though, Cinderella and her glass slippers will not be seen again. (Smith)
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