Bud Selig contends that all of the new stadium situations have resolved teams competitive issues in his farewell tour of Oakland. •"As commissioner Bud Selig makes his farewell tour, he readily admits that he wishes the A’s stadium situation would be resolved and over with, writes Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com.
“One of the reasons for the resurgence of this sport are the new stadiums, there’s no question about it,” Selig said. “I know better than anybody (that the A’s need a new stadium). It was and is complicated. I know people don’t understand that, but it is. And if it was easy, just like if it was easy in Tampa, I’d have been 24 out of 24. But I have hopes in both places. Do I wish it’d been solved? Of course I do. I wish it had.”
To me if Selig had been as assertive in pooling local television and broadcasts rights in to a fairer revenue sharing pool amongts all MLB teams, as he has been laser focused on "new stadiums" that the competitive balance of baseball as a whole would be even better.
Is it true as Selig asserts that the new stadiums are the ultimate solution and panecea to a teams troubles or competitive issues in fielding a competive baseball product?
Right now the Twins stand in stark contrast to what Selig claims is the new stadium solving a teams competive issues 14 games under 500 and counting in 2014 and solidly in year number four of a potential 90 loss season.
There is no doubt that the Twins ownership has benefited from Target field as they have fluctuated from paying revenue sharing to non-evenue sharing. and has more available resources to put a competitive team on the field compared to the Athletics or Rays.
As a fan would you trade a competitive team for a dumpy stadium situation like the A's at the Colesium, but a team that is well managed and has been consistently competitve for 5 years now or even the Rays who have been a consistent playoff contender?
I like Target Field but I'm not so sure I wouldn't trade having the A's talent in a crappy stadium then watching the lousy baseball being played at Target field right now.
Edited by jaimedude2, 20 August 2014 - 03:05 PM.