8 thoughts on “BULLETIN: Announcing Jerry Manuel today.

  1. Sort of OT, but in the realm of
    Sports News, the real Bulletin of the day is the Simpson verdict – guilty on all counts. Thirteen years to the day after he was acquitted in California, Las Vegas nails him.

    “Justice is the concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, fairness and equity.”

    That justice showed up in Vegas yesterday.

  2. Another item that surely will affect MLB and other professional sports.

    Now that the government is spending our money to ‘bail out’ Wall Street I wonder how that will affect the new stadiums being built in New York and the new high costs of seats, and other amenities in those buildings.

    Also, players contracts – can MLB afford all those millionaires when their own income will surely be affected by the Wall Street situation?

    In particular will the four local NY pro teams have to reconfigure their budgets and their balance sheets after their formerly ‘rich’ Wall Street buddies have lost their jobs and other firms fold?

    Remember the Michael Douglas movie about Wall Street and Greed?

    I’m just asking.

  3. I’m glad that’s out of the way. I didn’t really want to see the return of Bobby Valentine.

    I wonder how long it will take to decide on a coaching staff.

  4. Annie,

    Probably won’t affect the building of the stadiums unless there are all of a suddwn large cost overruns for the buildings. Since they are so far into construction, that’s pretty safe.

    The key is definitely going to be the public and ticket prices. Will the Mets keep ticket prices as high as they intend, or will they look at the economics of attendance and drop the prices.

    How does that affect the free agent crop?

    It’s definitely going to be an interesting off season now that we’re in such a crisis to see where the balance falls.

  5. SamG.: I can’t see them dropping their ticket prices. Remember, these tickets aren’t for the average fan anyway.-JD

  6. John, Sam – my point is that it is not only the ‘average fan’ who is in financial trouble, but all the Big Boys on Wall Street, Brokerage Firms and Legal offices, etc. who have been using these tickets to entertain clients and pursue business deals. Some of these firms will go out of business and/or reduce staff and compensation during this financial free-fall.

  7. Annie: You’re right in some respect, buy Jeff Wilpon said there’s been no indication of a fall off in corporate ticket demands. And, for those who have already paid, sorry, no refunds.-JD