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07-23-2012, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by RaiderDoug View Post
The problem is, if you don't match, then there may be worse financial ramifications than if you do match.

There will simply be no reason to support this franchise anymore. This is a team that's really not trying to win. What's going to get people into Bridgestone for the next 5 years? Even worse - even if you do hit a homerun with those picks, then how can you get the fans to buy in again if you do become good, you've got the rep that those players will just leave as soon as they can.

This is where being a cheapskate franchise for so long has come back to bite us. By itself, folks might be able to stomach the Weber situation. But by being cheap for so long , people are just going to throw up there hands and say, "why bother" - this might be the straw that broke the camel's back.
If the team doesn't have $13,000,000 cash on hand ... they can't sign. If $27,000,000 in the next 49-50 weeks risks bankrupting the organization ... they can't match. Which is better ... risking upsetting fans and losing some ticket revenue or risking bankrupting the franchise in the short term?

This CANNOT be an emotional decision. It is purely a matter of financial ability to match or not.

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