Originally Posted by dmaul1114
Of course. The Braves had the #2 salary to the Yankees for a long time and won 14 straight division titles as a result.
I'm not going to support the unequal system just because it benefited my team for a long time.
Sports are a lot more interesting when there's more competitive balance. See the NFL as the best example of the more balanced competition you get when you have a good salary cap system in place.
NBA too to a lesser extent since many teams happily pay the luxury tax.
Ok, well now you just went way off track, lol. The NBA? Are you nuts? Less than 1/3 of the teams in the league have EVER won a title. Even in the NFL, it's relatively the same few teams year after year (Patriots, Steelers, Ravens, Packers). Even if you remove money as being a factor, players still gravitate toward particular teams for other reasons. Whether it's the history of the team, or the popularity, etc.
And when they DO choose a lesser team, it's 100% because of the money (see: Mario Williams of the Bills)...which cripples the team's ability to make any other moves anyway. The notion that with equal resources, a player is going to choose the Royals over the Yankees/Red Sox/Dodgers and magically turn them into a winner is just absurd. If it wasn't, the Bills would have made the playoffs once in the past 15 years and the Phoenix Suns would have won a title by now.