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"Bad Sports" by Dave Zirin, a chapter devoted to David Glass and "The Wal Mart Way"

Curious if any of you literary types have checked out this book?  "Bad Sports" profiles owners from across the sporting spectrum, who thumb their noses at fielding competitive teams, and use all manner of chicanery to fatten up at the taxpayers expense.  I think the issue of owners bending over taxpayers for new stadiums, stadium improvements, and various subsidies deserves serious consideration, but the 'Bad Sports, How Owners are Ruining the Games we Love" is a little too flip and arch for my taste.  The transgressions under Glass are pretty well known:  some horrible child labor practices as Wal Mart CEO, ardent anti-union practices, willingness to use replacement players during the '94 strike, slashing budgets for things as minor as batting screens for minor league teams, not wanting to spend money on negro league appreciation day uni's, 1,000 dollar max signing bonuses for the majority of the draft picks during Allard's last days, etc.. etc...etc.... The chapter briefly touches upon the recent tax payer funded improvements to Royal's stadium, payroll cuts, and luxury tax bene's.  I think its fairly clear that Glass was a cost cutting prick with no regard for success on the diamond for many years.  Have things changed?   It seems feasible that the Greinke trade could have been done in part, with payroll as a consideration.  The Royals have spent handsomely in the draft the last 3 or 4 years, added a minor league team, and thrown some money at Latino teens the past few years.  Is that evidence enough that Glass gives a shit about fielding a winning team? 


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