Here are two stories on megabucks in MLB. First, estimated revenue for 2007 tops the $6 billion mark, to go along with this year's record attendance. Bud Selig attributes the results to parity: "those numbers are astounding. A lot of it can be attributed to all of the new ballparks. But competitive balance is the primary reason." Tom Hardicourt has the story.
With this revenue gusher as support, could it be that Alex Rodriguez is actually worth $30 million a year over ten years? Chris Isidore thinks so. Isidore's analysis is usually not far off the mark. But banking on continued revenue growth to offset the inevitable decline in productivity over ten years seems a foolish bet to me. Rodriguez is now 32 years old and is thus near his peak productivity (statistically speaking, a 32 year old ballplayer is past his peak). A five year contract makes more sense to me.