We’ve long known that the Bloomberg Administration bent over to deliver all manner of financial favors to the Yankees, but now the emails are out, and it’s pretty ugly: Mayor Bloomberg’s aides secretly pressured city tax assessors to inflate the value of land under the new Yankee Stadium so the team could qualify for nearly […]
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Sports Business Journal has released its annual 50 Most Influential in Sports Business list. Your top baseball guy is, no surprise, Bud Selig at number 6. Part of the comment on Selig: “While he’ll never be fully appreciated or beloved by the public, Selig remains highly popular with club owners and fully secure and effective […]
It’s the divorce that keeps on taking: San Diego Padres owner John Moores told MLB.com this weekend that he has hired Goldman Sachs to identify potential buyers for the ballclub. Moores, who bought the team in 1995 for approximately $80 million, said the international banking firm has been hired as a financial advisor to study […]
Chew on this the next time your local columnist spouts off about how baseball salaries are out of step with reality or out of touch or insensitive or whatever the hell else mere economic transactions are incapable of being: Major League Baseball players received about 52 percent of leaguewide revenue last season, said MLB’s Rob […]
. . . Darren Rovell reports that the Wilpons had money tied up with the spectacularly-disgraced Bernard Madoff: It’s believed Madoff and the Mets owners have been connected for at least 20 years . . . The question now is how much money was invested? If we’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars, which is […]
Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal polled a handful of Winter Meetings attendees about the viability of major league baseball in Sin City: But even though Major League Baseball isn’t coming to the valley anytime soon, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be here. Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo, who was in town this week […]
The economic downturn hits the bush leagues: At the minor league job fair and trade show, the topic on many minds was the floundering economy, which was expected to have a far more pronounced effect on baseball’s lower levels than on the major leagues. Many minor league teams are searching for creative ways to save […]
Even if Blagojevich hadn’t gotten all extorty with Sam Zell, the state-helping-the-Cubs-with-Wrigley thing would have been sunk by the Tribune’s bankruptcy: Before Gov. Blagojevich’s arrest, his administration and Tribune Co. were discussing a $250 million bond deal for the purchase of Wrigley Field, the chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority said Wednesday. William Brandt Jr., […]
We’ve all made jokes about the Angels’ name, but I didn’t realize that someone was suing over it: The legal fight over the Angels’ name went into overtime on Tuesday, when a state appellate court said it would delay a scheduled ruling for as long as three weeks . . . . . . By […]
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You’re not going to believe this, but the Yankees and Mets need — and are going to get — more money from the taxpayers of New York: With opening day for the city’s two newest baseball stadiums only four months away, the price tag for taxpayers continues to rise. The Bloomberg administration has issued fresh […]
You know, until I read this story, the historical weirdness of baseball — the most anti-gambling of all of the major sports — holding one of its biggest events in a casino hadn’t occurred to me. Really, it was not that long ago when Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays — Mantle and Mays! The two […]
Ryan Ludwick, who played college ball at UNLV, gave some Sin City entertainment and dining advice to Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch: Favotite hotel: The Venetian. Favorite show: Lance Burton. Favorite restaurant: Piero’s. Favorite mexican food: Roberto’s Taco shop. Favorite burger: obviously In and Out burger. Favorite auto dealer: Findlay Toyota, got to get my […]
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is uncomfortable with the symbolism of the Winter Meetings in the fabulous Bellagio Hotel and Casino: Reporting from Las Vegas — It’s the symbolism, stupid. As Americans lose their jobs and homes at a frequency unseen in decades, baseball convenes today for its annual holiday shopping spree in […]
The Tribune Company could be heading for bankruptcy: The Tribune Company, which is in danger of falling below the cash flow required under its bonds, is trying to negotiate new terms with its creditors and has hired advisers for a possible bankruptcy filing, according to people briefed on the matter . . . . . […]
It’s been over a month since I predicted that they’d be all the rage this winter, and now finally they’re available: Next weekend, fans will finally be able to buy Phillies ear-flap caps, like the one Jimmy Rollins wore during the victorious World Series homestand in late October. At first, however, they’ll only be sold […]
Forgive me for yet another non-baseball thing, but Virginia Postrel has an excellent post noting how journalists seem to be really getting off on “Depression Porn“: The Boston Globe’s Drake Bennett asked a bunch of people, including me, what a 21st-century Depression might look like. The results sounded pretty damned good to some people–a sure […]
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Bud Selig says he’s done in 2012. He also said that he was done in 2008 and 2004 and I’m pretty sure he was going to be done in 2000 as well. But this time, dadgummit, he really means it: Reuters: Two years ago you told us that none of your cohorts would believe you […]