Originally Posted by MikeThierry
It's a matter of being smart. Developing talent along with getting impact free agents when you can. I've seen it for over a decade here where I live. There is a model for small market teams to win. GM's of those teams just have to be as smart or smarter than their big market counterparts.
The equalizer is getting out of the hole caused by wrong choices. The team with the big budget can buy their way out of poor decisions, whereas the team with the fraction of available funds will be faced with years to recover. Revenue sharing is a crock, you still have the same spending patterns, its more likely due to cycles than anything that some of the big boys are suddenly vulnerable. They'll turn over their roster and be right back in it while other franchises try to build with cheap talent. They better be right, though. Sorry, that's not a fun part of the game for me. It's a fixable inequity that just continues to get swept under the rug in the name of capitalism.