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08:09 AM ET 08.25 | While the team may not be happy about financial statements being leaked, fans in Florida can take a measure of disappointment, too. Owner Jeffrey Loria's penurious nature is as omnipresent around here as the humidity, and roughly as popular. The excuse was always that low revenue dictated player payroll and that spending more would mean losing money. Now we know better. ... Now we know why the club fought so hard to keep its finances a secret even as the city and county wanted full disclosure during negotiations for its new stadium. It's because what you see when the curtain is thrown open and the light pours in is an owner who could have spent much more on players and still made money. What you see is a ball club that was crying poverty with pockets full.

The Miami Herald

Logan Morrison, AP Logan Morrison, AP
August 25, 2010  08:14 AM ET

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August 25, 2010  08:20 AM ET

And that's the problem with a lot of MLB franchises. Actually, sports franchises in general. If they don't have to open their books, they cry poverty. I hope the NFL franchises, other than the Packers, are obligated to start showing their finances.

August 25, 2010  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And that's the problem with a lot of MLB franchises. Actually, sports franchises in general. If they don't have to open their books, they cry poverty. I hope the NFL franchises, other than the Packers, are obligated to start showing their finances.

The owners dirtyl ittle secret. And they are mad because it got leaked, not at the facts in the report which they do not deny.
Typical.

August 25, 2010  09:34 AM ET

I guess when you are the one taking all the risk, you should have some type of perk.

August 25, 2010  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I guess when you are the one taking all the risk, you should have some type of perk.

You're talking about the S. Florida tax payers and bondholders right?

August 25, 2010  10:15 AM ET

This is no surprise, MLB had to speak to Loria before the start of this year about his lack of spending.

August 25, 2010  10:42 AM ET

this is exactly what I have been saying all along, small market teams my ast!

August 25, 2010  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I guess when you are the one taking all the risk, you should have some type of perk.

Fine, but don't lie about it. If you have to lie about it then that is a scam, not a perk.

August 25, 2010  12:24 PM ET

It would be fascinating to see what a lot have Teams have actually done with their annual payment from the Yankees.How much of the rev sharing actually went to costs vs owners pockets

August 25, 2010  12:34 PM ET

THE OWNER ITS A PLAIN AND SIMPLE CRYING BABY!!!

August 25, 2010  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The owners dirtyl ittle secret. And they are mad because it got leaked, not at the facts in the report which they do not deny.Typical.

Agree 100% with you 50 Year Fan

August 25, 2010  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And that's the problem with a lot of MLB franchises. Actually, sports franchises in general. If they don't have to open their books, they cry poverty. I hope the NFL franchises, other than the Packers, are obligated to start showing their finances.

What's crazy about the Packers is the amount of revenue they got last year. A record amount of revenue last year, but they only made $5 million in net profit.

August 25, 2010  01:35 PM ET

The Marlins, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Mariners, Cleveland and Houston (I am probably leaving someone else out) should be placed in a minor league of their own. They exist only as farm teams for the real major league teams. If there was a commisioner of baseball that worked for the fans (instead of the owners, oh that's right, he is an owner) these teams would be coerced into put a decent product on the field or their franchise would be sold to someone that actually cares. Better yet, why not just fold the teams and increase the talent pool. Any wonder baseball is a dying sport?

August 25, 2010  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The Marlins, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Mariners, Cleveland and Houston (I am probably leaving someone else out) should be placed in a minor league of their own. They exist only as farm teams for the real major league teams. If there was a commisioner of baseball that worked for the fans (instead of the owners, oh that's right, he is an owner) these teams would be coerced into put a decent product on the field or their franchise would be sold to someone that actually cares. Better yet, why not just fold the teams and increase the talent pool. Any wonder baseball is a dying sport?

That was semi coherent until you called Baseball a dying sport, ha!

August 25, 2010  04:15 PM ET

Yet another reason to institute a salary cap, even a soft one like the NBA, since they also include a reasonably high salary floor...

August 25, 2010  04:19 PM ET

This joke is no surprise to me...

August 25, 2010  04:35 PM ET

Baseball would be better off if all teams had to report net income. This way the "small market' teams would either prove that they are indeed unable to compete financially with the mean ol' Yankees, or prove that they are lying sacks of crap that pocket the money and say "to hell with the fans". The latter being the more likely scenario.

August 25, 2010  05:02 PM ET

I believe he did the same to the Expo's

August 25, 2010  06:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I believe he did the same to the Expo's

No Doubt !!!

 
August 25, 2010  06:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I believe he did the same to the Expo's

No doubt !!!!

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