Argumentative Speech on Baseball Contraction Essay

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Baseball Contraction will only hurt the Game

I. Introduction
A. Baseball is the American pastime and has been played for over 125 years.
B. It is an organization that has teams in both the United States and Canada and it also boasts players from countries all over the world.
C. It is also a league that has been criticized for giving its players absurd contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Internal Preview--Major League Baseball is a multi-billion dollar organization with aristocrat billionaire owners and the most powerful union organization ever in the Major League Baseball Players Association.

II. Problem
A. Major League Baseball owners have voted to contract the league and disband 2 of the 30 teams
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Another reason these teams are targeted is because their home cities do not want to put up more money towards new stadiums for their rich, spoiled rotten owners.
D. The owners believe that contracting the league will show just how much power they have over the players and will give them an advantage over the players in their upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
Internal Summary--The owners believe that this leverage will be enough to possibly get the cities to build new stadiums and to get the players association to agree on some sort of salary cap that could assist in “Balancing the playing field” so to speak.

IV. Solution
A. One of the easiest solutions to solving this problem would be to create a league-wide salary cap.
B. Another option that would be better than contraction would be to move the teams instead of removing them.
Internal summary--There are cities all over the country that are larger, more rapidly growing than are the cities targeted by contraction.

V. Objections
A. Baseball purists argue that contraction will bring the game back to the way it was meant to be with only the best out on the field playing.
a. Jacob Luft of is one of these purists and he believes the talent pool of baseball players has been diluted with the expansion from 16 teams to 30 teams over the past 40 years.
b. Every year the league has expanded more players that were not in the Major League the year before

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