And yeah they are. They're known for manufacturing talent and then never keeping them long enough to really win anything. But prior to this they were pretty successful, winning four titles since being in Oakland. They're usually pretty competitive though. It's a loose comparison but it sort of fits.
Well of course, the premier league has only been on going since 92. But yea I meant throughout the history of the top flight. We were promoted to the first division just after ww1 and have not been relegated since. We have longest consecutive top flight status and as a consequence the highest average league position during the 20th century.
I watched the film but I havent read hte book, the film was quite good. I suppose keeping the players is the most difficult part of it. I think liverpool followed that moneyball approach for a while and that is what led to Downing, Henderson and Carroll. xD I'm guessing baseball is less egalitarian than other american sports?
Among the team sports, yes. Mainly because there's no salary cap at all. It's the most capitalistic of the major sports leagues.
Is there any significant pressure to introduce a cap? Personally salary caps are the best thing about American sports imo.
Teams in smaller markets always push for it, for obvious reasons. Though, baseball has been so archaic in it's thinking for so many years in nearly everything that it probably isn't happening anytime soon. It's the most analogous sport here to club soccer. We have minor league teams on several levels, designed to develop amateur talent (high school kids and college players) for the big leagues. The game is older than all the others, and is about as old as soccer, has a ton of history and tradition, etc.
Baseball only has the barest of redistribution systems. Football has the most. Not only a salary cap, but teams can not even strike their own media distribution deals. Television contracts are worked out by the league, and money distributed evenly between teams. Player contracts are not fully guaranteed either, when players are cut, most of their contract is voided, no different than anyone else laid off or fired. All easier to do when teams only play 16 games a year.
Television contracts for baseball teams have exploded in recent years. Even some of the small market teams have been able to take advantage. Sports is the last refuge of live TV. Advertisers don't have to worry about viewers watching on demand, or DVR, and skipping commercials. Baseball is the most popular sport where the teams strike individual local television contracts. The Los Angeles Dodgers just struck a deal worth between $7 and $8 billion (over the lifetime of the contract), expected to be worth $350 million a year. Most of the big market teams are beginning to cash in. There is a huge discrepancy between the have's and have nots. It's shrunk, to some degree, with smart teams (like Oakland or Tampa Bay) able to identify and sign talent with a small budget. Tampa is even pretty good about keeping their best players, though only a select few.
I wish stats based analysis which was used in Moneyball can be successfully applied to soccer. Juergen Klinsmann went to America to do this thing, but unfortunately his effort to bring American sport sciences to Europe was futile.
Though I wonder if it could be applied to different sports with the same results as baseball. Who knows really, it's a bit over my head.
Considering that I witnessed several sport teams which are using sabermetrics - not professional teams, though - are quite successful, I believe that the usage of statistic in sport is not something I'd hate. So in general I think if the team's budget can be used more efficiently, why not?
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on completely unrelated note, Minami-ke is funnier than ever.
So how excited is Baltimore getting for this weekend?
Pfft billions - now that something a percent of what I'd like to see. But regarding the game - I don't feel like Baltimore will win - not to say that cant.
Just a pre game hunch or premonition thing if you will as of right now.
Who is favored?
How accurate are you pre game hunches usually?
Who cares about Arsenal v Pool, the latter is a joke of a team. I hope Arsenal keeps a clean sheet and keeps Suarez at bay, so I get good stats in the fantasy league.