Originally Posted by MikeThierry
See the Tampa Bay Rays as a model. This trend of large TV deals is going to continue in baseball. The Cardinals, for example, only get 14 million per season with their TV contract. Forbes has estimated that they could get 3 or 4 times that much once they get a new tv deal in a couple of years. Until baseball goes the NFL route with it's TV deals, it's something that we are going to have to live with.
Tougher to even go with the Rays model now that there is a cap on how much you can spend on players in both the draft and internationally. Teams can't just spend on the best players over and over anymore because they see it as a market inefficiency. It is now against the rules to do that. But if team A wants to spend $300M in the Majors, well that is allowed. Want to spend $15M in the draft? Sorry about your luck. Want to spend $7M on international free agents? Sorry, no way Jose.