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Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

Posted on: November 12, 2010 3:52 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 6:50 pm
 

OK, say Jayson Werth signs a free-agent deal this winter and then later Carl Crawford signs with the same team for way, way more. Does Werth then get to go back to the team and tell them they have to pay him more?

Of course not. In that case Werth miscalculated his value, and/or the market, and he's just screwed.

Anheuser-Busch says Major League Baseball is trying to pull an equivalent stunt (in this scenario, MLB is Werth), wanting to undo a sponsorship agreement with the brewer, apparently after seeing how much the NFL got in a blockbuster deal. A-B, the exclusive beer of baseball for three decades, responded today with a lawsuit, accusing Major League Baseball Properties of reneging on an agreement on renewing its sponsorship and demanding "exponentially higher" fees.

According to the lawsuit, MLBP and A-B reached agreement in April on renewing the brewer's sponsorship. Weeks later, MLBP came back and demanded a renegotiation due to "a change in marketplace dynamics." Hmm, what could that change in dynamics have been? Do you think maybe it had something to do with the announcement in May that Bud Light was going to replace Coors Light as official beer of the NFL, a deal that the Wall Street Journal reported to be worth $1.2 billion over six years?

This could be a fun trial. The Budweiser lawyers could arrive on a big sleigh pulled by Clydesdales, while MLB could have Rafael Palmeiro jabbing his finger at the jury and Mark McGwire could testify that he doesn't want to talk about the past.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:44 pm
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

Wine out of church??? Might be the second most rediculous statement of the 21st century. It's grape juice silly.




Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2010 8:46 am
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

I agree with sneaking in some booze with the prices they charge for the beer... when i was able to go to the games i used to take an empty 20 oz bottle of ginger ale and as everyone knows it is not a clear bottle its green so you can fill up the bottle with the booze of your choice and the security always  thought it was ginger ale ....




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2010 8:46 pm
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

This is a great article. CBS should hire you because their current writers are "journalistically challenged". If MLB gets it's way then it should allow any player to redo their contract at any time. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2010 8:42 pm
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

Truth be told, only 48% of all MLB revenues are paid to players.

I don't know why you used the word "only" in that line of your post because 48 percent is more then fair regardless of what other sports share with their athletes.

The majority owner of any business should ALWAYS be the person or organization that takes the most risk and MLB and its owners is responsible for 100 percent of the risk, the players can't lose so 48 is an incredible number in my opinion.

I don't care if they are the talent.  These owners purchased these franchises for incredible amounts of money with ZERO GUARANTEE long term and only history to go by when making decisions.   They can and did forecast as well but nobody can predict the future.

Until the players are willing to take the risk owners do, they better be happy with 48 percent.  Players get guaranteed contracts, owners are guaranteed nothing.  If an owner loses money he's still responsible to pay every nickel of that deal, no matter what.

And even if the players are willing to take some risk then 50 percent should be the max they recieve as equal partners.  But God knows the players will stay quiet and be very happy with 48 percent and zero risk.

Finally, it won't be long before other sports pay less. The NBA is already demanding players take as much as a 30 percent decrease in salary which could mean  a year without the NBA.  NFL owners are ready to lock out the players as well and the NHL has a hard cap with the players contributing up to 10 percent of their salaries  to a reserve that's only paid out if the league does well

When the other leagues are done with their respective players, a guaranteed no risk 48 percent is going to seem like a dream.....



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2010 6:28 pm
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

This is a worthless story anyways. But Budweiser is def better than Poland Spring[Coors Light]



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2010 5:02 pm
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

"Seriously do you people think about what you are typing before you post?"

Do YOU?

Here is a rudimentary lesson in economics, my Marxist-leaning child...

1.) Owners DO want to pay these athletes. That's why they get paid. Are you under the impression that GMs work without budgets???

2.) While players might have huge egos, it has little to do with how they get paid. The reason they get paid what they do is because baseball is a SIX BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR enterprise! In fact, according to the numbers, baseball players are paid the LEAST amount of league revenues in contrast to the other three sports. Truth be told, only 48% of all MLB revenues are paid to players.

3.) The general statement that professional players are paid outrageous sums is both ignorant and just plain stupid. According to who, you, the guy that stands on a street corner with cup at feet and poem i hand? Could YOU hit a 97 mph ball over a fence 400 feet from you? Could you stuff Sidney Crosby on a breakaway? Could you defent Tom Brady? Do MILLLIONS of people long to see you recite your poetry every day? Do television and radio networks stand in line, bidding billions for your poetry, my Marxist-leaning child?

The reason baseball players--and professional athletes in general--earn so much money is because we, the fan and consumer, line up to pour billions into these sports, and because owners are willing to share those spoils with players in an attempt to win.

Next time, my Marxist-leaning child, make sure you've graduated from middle school before you start ranting on these boards, blaming the successful and talented for your misery and plight.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2010 4:50 pm
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

Praise the Lord!



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:52 pm
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

family orientated? try sitting with the bleacher creatures in Yankee Stadium!



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:29 pm
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

How is MLB any different from the NFL, NBA, and NHL in regards to prices?  Seriously do you people think about what you are typing before you post?  All major sports are outrageous.  Owners can't handle players making the money they make so teams keep jacking up prices to accomodate their own egos and pockets.  If A-rod is making $30 mil how much do you think the Steinbrenners are making, better yet how much do you think the Pirates owner is making, probably double their entire payroll.



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2010 2:19 pm
 

Hey MLB, this lawsuit's for you

Beer has no place at the ballpark???  Might be the most ridiculous statement of the 21st century(outside of anything George Bush has ever said).  Why don't you petition to take wine out of church too.


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