With Oakland and Tampa Bay not even drawing 20,000 fans/game, Major League Baseball in their infinite wisdom still thinks it’s a good idea to expand the number of teams in this league.
The problem, or one of the problems with MLB commissioners is they feel a constant need to increase how much revenue the league is bringing in. And in their mind, there’s no easier way to do so than through expansion and charging a cool half-billion dollars for the privilege to have a new team.
When it comes to increasing profits in sports, whether it be MLB, NHL, NBA, or the NFL, these leagues are all getting precariously close to the point of crossing the line of how much fans will abide. 50 years from now, after Major League Baseball has had another 3 or 4 commissioners, all of whom wanted to leave their little stamp on the game, how many teams will there be then…35…40? At what point do the fans say enough is enough, and even if we do say enough already, how much can we really do to stem this tide of stupidity by the decision makers who unfortunately have so much control over this great game.
Portland, Oregon is now being heavily considered for an expansion team, and with a population of over 2.3 million in the Greater Portland Area, they’re probably large enough to support a big league franchise. But with the league’s insatiable appetite to expand and increase profits, what cities will MLB stoop to consider next for expansion…Memphis, Tennessee…Louisville, Kentucky…Honolulu!!
At some point, Major League Baseball will have to come to grips with the fact that this league doesn’t need any more bloody teams. Instead of focusing on expansion, why not focus on the teams you already have, many of whom are already struggling to draw respectable crowds and play in complete dumps. When is this league going to realize it doesn’t need any more franchises, especially ones from small markets that will struggle mightily to compete against the wealthiest franchises who are dominating the sport. Rather than add new teams, MLB should choose the more practical option and consider moving existing teams that are struggling in the markets they currently call home.