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Why MLB Financial Leak Matters
CNBC.com | August 24, 2010 | 01:51 PM EDT

Over the past couple years, Major League Baseball has called attention to its extensive revenue sharing plan that distributes the wealth from the game’s most well-heeled to those less fortunate.

The idea is to achieve parity. And while it has been suspected that many smaller revenue teams have pocketed the money, it was never known. We, as fans, didn’t know and the team executives that were giving the money to the poorer teams didn’t even know the specifics.

That all changed when the finances of several teams including the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays were leaked earlier this week and PDF files were posted on Deadspin.com.

So the question is: Is it ethically wrong to make money in this situation? The answer is simple – it actually is. Once again, the teams that make more money are distributing money to those that don’t so they can compete on the field and yet, those teams aren’t — for the most part — spending money on their payroll.

The problem with all this is that it’s subjective. There isn’t a salary floor so who is to say how much is enough money? The other problem is that money doesn’t necessarily equal parity.

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