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A Salary Cap is Vital - David Rozman Sharon Pomerantz...

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David Rozman 4/1/10 Sharon Pomerantz English 225 A Salary Cap is Vital “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.” Baseball in North America has become one of those phenomena that almost every person in the country knows about. It is referred to as the “American past time” and has been played since before the Civil War. In the 1850’s, officers in the armies would play against each other during their down time in between battles and training exercises. According to my sports management professor Dr. Jay Basten, the soldiers would watch the officers and play and finally one day decided to play a game of their own after they had figured out how to play. The game grew considerably and since the game was being played across the country many learned the game. The first professional baseball league in the United States was formed in 1871 by Abner Doubleday. The league grew considerably and became Major League Baseball in 1901, which was the country’s first professional sports league. “As our national game, baseball, in no small measure, defines us as Americans, connecting us with our countrymen across all barriers of generation, class, race, and creed” (The History of Baseball). Today, the game of baseball has transformed into a billion dollar industry and continues to grow. The league has 30 teams all across the continent of North America and has looked to expand even further at times. The one downside to the game of baseball is that certain teams, like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, have been known to buy championships. They pay players significant amounts of money to get the best team on the field at all times and
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since there is currently no limit to how much money a team can spend, they just continue to spend more and more. I feel that if a salary cap was implemented into the game of baseball, similar to the NFL (National Football League) and NHL (National Hockey League), it would make the game more competitive and give those teams who do not have the money to pay the salaries of those big name players a chance to win. The NHL and NFL have more parity in their teams which allows for more competition and a better market for all fans. If each team has an equal amount of talent, then there is no telling who would win the championship which allows for the league to build fan interest, sell merchandise, and tickets. The MLB does pretty well with their fans but I feel like it would be a lot stronger if the teams that spend a lot less than others had a chance to win.
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