Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This just absolutely blows my mind, but according to Sports Biz, Scott Boras is telling the NY Post and ESPN that his client Alex Rodriguez is worth $500 million dollars over the next 10 years to the Yankees. Darren Rovell had a coversation with Vince Gennaro one of the best Baseball number crunchers in the business, and here's his response....
"A player of A-Rod's stature can have an impact on the value of a team's regional sports network. However, Boras' assertion that he contributes $50 million per year is completely unreasonable. For that to be true, the primary programming would need to be a nightly three-hour talk show hosted by A-Rod and it would need to secure the same 4.7 ratings point on YES that the average Yankee game telecast scored in 2007. More realistically if the Yankees went forward without A-Rod, it's reasonable to expect the team would suffer in terms of wins and losses. Losing seven or eight wins could cost the Yankees nearly a full ratings point, which translates into about $12 million per year in YES revenue. If you add A-Rod's marquee value (same as Boras' 'iconic value'), that could impact the value of the YES Network as an asset to the tune of about another $10 million per year. Keep in mind the Yankees own 36% of YES, so the impact on the Yankees (and therefore the portion of A-Rod's YES Network impact for which they should be willing pay) is about $8 million per year (36% of the total YES impact of $22 million)."How in the hell does Boras even come up with these numbers, and why hasn't this hurt his bargaining in the past????
Near the end of the season I was going back and forth with my dad about the Orioles. He was telling me that all of the O's players should be traded or sat on the bench for the rest of the season. After first explaining that the trading deadline had passed, I told him that there's no way they would do that because a player (Tejada specifically) with such a large contract is worth more than just what he does on the field. My dad came back with something that I scoffed at at the time, but after this nonsense makes sense. He said, "All of these agents, and TV deals, and player contracts are going to reach a boiling point....and I think that's coming real soon. Sooner or later the fans will be priced out."
After this item from Rovell....I don't think my dad's ever been more right (well maybe the time when he told me not to jump off the top off the house Mary Poppins style with an umbrella and I did it anyway). Seriously, when will Boras lose enough credibility that he hurts his clients more than he helps them.
It's The A-Rod Show! (CNBC: Sports Biz)
Update: Boras contacts Rovell and puts gives his take. The guy knows how to talk that's for sure....
Scott Boras Calls Back (CNBC: Sports Biz)