School of Business
Finance and Financial Management | Sports Management
Holtschneider, Sarah, "Payroll Disparity Among Major League Baseball Teams: Building a Competitive Team Despite Limited Resources" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 971.
There has been an inequality in payroll among Major League Baseball teams for many years that became increasingly evident in the late 1990s. Revenue disparities among teams cause a competitive imbalance for the league and make it harder for small-market teams to compete with large-market teams with much higher payrolls. MLB has attempted to alleviate this disparity, but the implementation of revenue sharing and the competitive balance tax alone is not enough for small-market clubs to build a competitive team. There are a number of ways that small-market clubs can build a competitive team despite limited resources, including employing the moneyball hypothesis, quantifying market inefficiencies, utilizing the team’s farm system, taking advantage of trade opportunities, and making intelligent contract decisions.