Saturday, December 28, 2013

Excerpt: "Upending Free Agency"

"At some point, though, some player is going to decide that the best choice for him is to maximize his raw cash earnings at the expense of everything else. It will probably be a superstar. It will be a player who is young and unattached, maybe someone who sees through the superstructures we build around sports, who understands that fans don't root for him so much as they root for him as long as he's on their team, who takes the Seinfeldian 'laundry' notion to its natural end. It will be a player of tremendous talent and self-confidence. I'm thinking, I suppose, of Barry Bonds, only if Bonds had come along at a time when the rising tide of MLB revenues meant he had already banked $10-15 million by the time he reached a decision point."