By Roger I. Abrams

Why are baseball gamers paid loads funds? Written via a felony pupil and wage arbitrator, this ebook explains how a couple of thousand younger males receive their remarkable riches. It juggles own event with enterprise economics, online game idea and baseball heritage.

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The Marketplace for Players While president of the White Stockings, Spalding recognized that the reserve system, which bound a player to his club for his entire profes- A. G. Spalding and the Development of Baseball Professionalism 13 sional baseball life, both created a marketable asset for management and provided leverage in salary negotiations. If the White Stockings owned the exclusive right to negotiate with a player (which was, in effect, an option), then the club could sell that right the same way as Spalding sold his sporting goods.

4 percent of these players earned incomes at these lofty heights. Other Entertainment Superstars The compensation of elite baseball players pales in comparison to the annual earnings of other entertainers. Discounting unique events, such as the sale of the Seinfeld television show into syndication, which made that sitcom's star Forbes Magazine's 1998 top earner at $225,000,000, the top forty movie, television, and singing entertainers all earned from two to ten times as much as the highest paid baseball players.

Throughout the dismal decade of the 1890s, player salaries remained low, but that alone A. G. Spalding and the Development of Baseball Professionalism 17 did not insure economic prosperity for the clubs. In 1900, facing increased financial jeopardy-two-thirds of the twelve league clubs were unprofitable-the National League eliminated its four weakest franchises-in Baltimore, Louisville, Washington, and Clevelanddropping to a league of eight teams. This was an open invitation for the creation of a rival enterprise.

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