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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 18:15

MSNBC article

Today on MSNBC and NBC Sports, I have the pleasure of offering up an extensive look at Major League Baseball and how it stacks up to the NFL, NBA, and NHL in terms of competitive balance and whether the league is in need of a hard salary cap (see Is baseball broken? Don’t believe the myth). As I write early on, “The answers show that while MLB’s system is not perfect, it is also not as bad as you might think, and certainly not in need of a major overhaul.”

The comprehensive look, which includes detailed charts comparing the four leagues looks at the cap systems, parity for the postseason, and the aspect of playoff opportunities (Chart: Compare how leagues stack up), and a poll asking "Does Major League Baseball need a hard salary cap?" As I write:

Major League Baseball has eight playoff spots available to the 30 teams in the league each year, or 27 percent. In the NFL, 12 of 32 (38 percent) teams make the playoffs each season, while in the NBA and NHL, 16 of the 30 teams (53 percent) advance each season. The low number of teams in the playoffs for MLB is a matter of practicality on one level as the postseason in late October or early November sees the impact of the weather. Expanding the playoffs would mean either lengthening the postseason or shortening the regular season, something owners would likely reject due to loss of revenues for those clubs that did not make the postseason.

And yet, with all the extra playoff spots available, it is Major League Baseball, not the NFL, NBA, and NHL that have seen the most parity in terms of championships [over the last decade].

The article also talks of how labor relations are for MLB and the other Big Four sports with quotes from Michael Weiner, Executive Director of the MLBPA; Rob Manfred, MLB's Executive Vice President of Labor Relations, and sports economist and author, Andrew Zimbalist.

See Opinion: Is baseball broken? Don’t believe the myth

Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey, as well as a contributor to Forbes SportsMoney blog. He is available for hire or freelance. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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