I’m glad I’m not a Florida Marlins fan. And it’s not because of that silly looking fish that serves as the team’s mascot.
Nope, I’m glad I’m not a fan of that team because then I don’t have to be extremely upset that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association had to meet with the Marlins’ brass to make sure they actually use the money given to the team under the revenue-sharing agreement that is in place across Major League Baseball.
As it is, I’m still upset that a professional franchise doesn’t attempt to put the best product on the field that it can. That practice cheats the fans, the players and all of the other teams in the league, while providing more money for the owner(s). With the Marlins’ practice of spending freely to build a World Series winner and then dismantling the team, it’s sort of a surprise this wasn’t brought up before.
And apparently, the Marlins aren’t the only team to receive such a reprimand. From a release by MLBPA: “In recent years, the union has had concerns that certain clubs have not lived up to this requirement, and has consulted regularly with the commissioner’s office about those concerns. The Florida Marlins are one of a number of clubs that have been discussed.”
It’s already a sport where certain teams have no chance at winning a championship from the start of the season because of financial constraints, etc. But then take into account that some teams don’t even spend the money given to them to field a more competitive team, and you have an even more failed system.
I’m somewhat surprised a release was even issued on these discussions, although not many details were released.
“In response to our concerns that revenue sharing proceeds have not been used as required, the Marlins have assured the Union and the Commissioner’s Office that they plan to use such proceeds to increase player payroll annually as they move toward the opening of their new ballpark,” said Michael Weiner, MLBPA executive director.
Of course, the Marlins said they were doing everything to field a good team, and MLB basically said no comment.
If I’m a fan of a team where this information gets out as fact, even if it was rumored before, I’d do some serious reconsideration of my season ticket package and attendance until a I saw improvement in the payroll.
And in an odd coincidence since this release, the Marlins signed pitcher Josh Johnson to a four-year, guaranteed $39 million contract. Well, at least Marlins fans might see more of these types of signings.