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Shortage Of Spending In 2009 Baseball Season

Right now is my favorite time of the year.  The weather is beautiful, classes are winding down, and baseball season is underway!  There has been a lot of talk about how the economy has and will continue to affect the business of sports.  While less tickets will be sold in every sport, I do not think that baseball will be hurt as bad as many believe.  Teams are taking protective measures just in case, though.

While the Yankees and Red Sox are throwing around dollars like it’s nobody’s business, fourteen teams started this season with a lower payroll than last season, and those fourteen teams include the Bronx Bombers and the Red Sox.  Ten of those teams cut their payroll by over $10 million.  This should serve as reinforcement that teams are getting serious about cutting spending, which will affect players making 40 man rosters for the first time and All-Star veterans alike.

Remember that many players with extensive All-Star experience and potential Hall of Famers signed Minor League deals this offseason.  There is less room to negotiate under the constraints of a sagging economy.  However, this is when the best negotiators are able to shine.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.