because the rules aren’t fair for winning and it’s too hard to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox and the cash machine of their wide fan base. Maybe he’d rethink that if he owned the Orioles and MASN but imagine the lack of impetus any of us would have to spend any money when you’re already sitting at the table knowing if you don’t even enter the game you’re $50 mil to the good?
And that’s of course if you consider “winning” what happens on the field. Much like Donald Sterling taught us all 20 years ago, sometimes “winning” ain’t worth it in the only place that REALLY matters – the bank account and the bottom line.
This is the harsh reality of where the sports business revenue models sit in Baltimore circa 2010.
The cards are so greatly stacked against the Orioles ever being truly competitive for any stretch as long as Angelos owns the team that I find it to be nonsense to even discuss it. Most people I talk to on the streets of Baltimore literally believe it won’t change until he dies. (Of course when that becomes a macabre topic on the radio station after George Steinbrenner’s death it’s completely tacky but so is wrecking the baseball franchise, lying to the city, avoiding any semblance of accountability while taking the press passes of local journalists and blocking their ability to earn a living doing what they’ve done for 25 years in country like America.)
Angelos, apparently, is undaunted. Just fund some more judges, get a ruling and print money for 10 years on the worst, Wayne’s World network you could possibly imagine while the team and the downtown area rots. There’s no competition when the bills are all being paid by the tax payers, un-beknownst to them because they don’t examine their cable bill every month.
But beyond any vitriol or media melodrama behind the scenes the truth is simple: