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Zorak
1:00
Another interesting research question is one that's a hot topic in Hockey analytics - what effect birth month has on draft position/signing/etc. 10 months makes a huge difference when you're 18 in terms of physical ability.
Bork
1:00
The only loser in the whole millionaires vs billionaires on who should get the money is the fans. The last thing both of those sides want is for fans to get a break and pay less for tickets/food/etc
Dave Cameron
1:01
You do realize that the huge increase in revenues lately has to do with TV contracts, right? For a lot of teams, ticket sales and concessions are an after thought now.
Sean
1:01
I don't understand why people have such a hard time with athletes' salaries. All that money comes from money that people are willing to pay to watch. There's nothing unfair with that. The issues come from tax-related issues, like tax-exempt status, public-funded stadiums, etc. that impact locals without a say in the manner.
Dave Cameron
1:01
Looks like I answered a question before I published it. Whoops!
Justin
1:02
Boil down the majority we need to know of personal finance, into a short answer.
Kylo Ren
1:02
I don't know why you're so low on Schwarber's bat.
Dave Cameron
1:03
Pull-heavy/low contact combination means that 2015 is probably something closer to his ceiling than it would be with most players his age. That doesn't make him worthless, but you can't project him for the same level of improvement as you can with other young hitters.
Johnny5Alive
1:04
I understand the money has to go somewhere. But, the owners aren't going to take less. The higher the salaries, the higher the cost. Right now, average cost for 4 to go to a game is over $200, which maybe doesn't seem like much. But when more and more contracts start reaching in the hundreds of millions, how much will that cost go up? And what is the breaking point, where people just watch at home? Is that where we are headed?
Dave Cameron
1:05
You have causation wrong. Ticket prices aren't going up because of player salaries; ticket prices are going up because the market has set those prices as the clearing price at which teams can make money selling tickets to their events. And then they determine how much to pay their players based on their revenues. If you want ticket prices to come down, you need to figure out how to get fewer people to want to go see baseball games in person. Demand drives pricing, not the cost of goods.
1:07
Alright, I'm off to do some writing. Thanks for hanging out everyone.
We'll do it again next week.
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