Astronomical Ownership Chicanery: How the Worst Team in Baseball is its Most Profitable

Release … Rotation … Splash.

Keith Olbermann is back on ESPN (where once upon a time he was a most formidable SportsCenter host), with a new, live, nightly show that looks a lot like his defunct, politically-charged Countdown broadcast, but is sportscentric in the issues it covers. (A nice combination, to be sure.)

One aspect of the Countdown legacy that’s been transferred to ESPN’s sportsdom (no pun intended) is the “Worst (Sports) Persons in the World” segment. And who was the opening night’s winner? Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.

A longtime NL franchise, the Astros are spending this inaugural season in the league of the designated hitter firmly entrenched in the basement of the AL. Why? Because they have the MLB’s smallest salary. (Amazingly, more than sixty major league players individually make more than the entire Astros team put together.) No matter for Jim Crane, though, because Forbes recently reported that the Astros are nonetheless the most profitable team in baseball. In fact, in all of baseball history.

Read on at Free Sport

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