Mlb Salary Cap Is Needed

1814 Words Jun 7th, 2005 8 Pages
Anyone who has been involved in an organized sport, whether it is backyard football or a high school sports team, knows that these sports all have organizations that are responsible for setting rules, determining conditions of play, and penalizing individuals who infringe the rules. Some of the organizations like the National Football league and the MLB are familiar to most people, the rules they follow are not generally understood by anyone who is not closely associated with the sport. Most fans and sport critics assume that what is happening inside these organizations are of little concern to them. However, this is not the case. In the MLB, the New York Yankees spend an excessive amount of money every year to obtain big name players. A …show more content…
He states, "This is not about stupidity, it is about what is fair in baseball, and what is not. It is about the overall appeal of the national pastime. It is about caring, interest, and most of all, competition. Right now, there is very little of any of these components outside of the 212 area code." Most importantly, he explains why baseball needs a salary cap by saying "it is the only way to put constraints on what the Yankees are doing and to return the sport to the interesting and suspenseful form of sporting entertainment it once used to be." The Yankees are at an unfair advantage all across the league, and nobody, not Atlanta, Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, or perhaps even Los Angeles, can acquire talent the way they can. The only way to prevent them from doing so is to put a cap on how much they can pay their entire team.

The Major League Baseball Association (MLBA) decided to issue a luxury tax in February of 1997. Paul D. Staudohar a sports analysis provides further insight about the luxury tax "in a sports sense it 's a surcharge put on the aggregate payroll of a team to the extent to which it exceeds a predetermined guideline level set by the league." The apparent purpose of this "tax" is to prevent teams in major markets with high incomes from signing almost all of the more talented players and hence destroying the