Sports Bulls & Bears: Marlins' Stanton signs stand-out deal

 

 
 
 
 
Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on Team 1040 and TSN Radio, regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of the sports business.
 

Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on Team 1040 and TSN Radio, regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of the sports business.

Photograph by: Vancouver Sun graphics, .

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VANCOUVER — Sorting out the major winners and losers of this week — with a bottom-line twist — in the world of sports:

BULLS OF THE WEEK

In a week in which Giancarlo Stanton signed the richest player deal in professional sport history — agreeing to terms on a 13-year, $325-million contract with the Miami Marlins — it’s hard to believe anyone could have had a more bullish week in the business of sport than the 25-year-old American slugger. Yet Stanton isn’t alone as our Bull Of The Week. There’s plenty of champagne to go around, no matter how ridiculous it is to contemplate any one athlete making an average annual salary of $25 million per year, $154,321 per regular-season game or $68,493 every day for more than a decade. It’s an unusual shot in the arm for the Marlins and their enigmatic owner Jeffrey Loria; he of the failed ownership and ultimate relocation of the old Montreal Expos. Two years after a fire sale infuriated the fans and politicians who had helped fund the new Marlins Ballpark in Miami, Loria actually showed strength. In making a long-term commitment to Stanton, he gives Marlins fans an exciting focal point and some hope. That, in turn, may sell tickets and TV rights to keep the franchise viable in South Florida. Contracts like Stanton’s and the five-year, $82-million deal Canadian Russell Martin signed with the Toronto Blue Jays reflected the bullish economic outlook of Major League Baseball, an $8-billion-a-year industry, second only to the $10-billion NFL in terms of revenues. It helps make MLB and its players’ association among the other Bulls of the Week, along with outgoing commissioner Bud Selig and the incoming Rob Manfred. Selig leaves the game in much better shape than when he inherited it in 1992 while Manfred celebrated the week with a five-year contract to become the 10th commissioner in baseball history. If Manfred can maintain the labour peace he helped deliver over the past 19 years, first as outside legal counsel, then executive vice-president and chief operating officer, he should have a bullish tenure as top dog in baseball. Honourable mention goes to the Seattle Mariners, who this week received the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence for their educational program against domestic violence entitled “Refuse to Abuse.”

BEARS OF THE WEEK

While MLB basked in the glow of owners’ meetings in Kansas City — honouring the Mariners and several other clubs running solid programs against the social epidemic that is domestic violence — it wasn’t as comfortable a week for the NFL, NHL and NBA on that front. The NFL continues to be in the headlines around domestic violence and child abuse (this week suspending Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson for the balance of the season) while the NHL will ultimately have to find a way to absorb formal charges of felony domestic assault against L.A. Kings’ defenceman Slava Voynov. At least NBA commissioner Adam Silver again relied on the best practices of leadership with his 24-game suspension ($199,689) of Jeff Taylor of the Charlotte Hornets and his comprehensive statements on domestic violence. The Voynov case is a brutal one for the NHL — which did the right thing by immediately suspending him last month — and could lead to years of jail time if he’s found guilty. It was just another week in which domestic violence reared its ugly head as the issue of the year in North American pro sports.

Tom Mayenknecht is host of The Sport Market on TSN 1040 and TSN Radio, where he regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of sports business. He reviews the major winners and losers of the past week every Saturday in The Vancouver Sun.

 
 
 
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Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on Team 1040 and TSN Radio, regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of the sports business.
 

Tom Mayenknecht, host of The Sport Market on Team 1040 and TSN Radio, regularly rates and debates the Bulls & Bears of the sports business.

Photograph by: Vancouver Sun graphics, .

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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