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So, about that economy: “According to numbers provided to our pal Maury Brown at Biz of Baseball, Major League Baseball brought in a record $6.6 billion in gross revenue during the 2009 season. That amount was a 1.5 percent increase over the previous high of $6.5 billion in ’08 and was produced despite a 6.58 percent decrease in total attendance from the previous year. Maury is also reporting that $433 million in revenue sharing money will be sent from the big-market behemoths to the teams crying poor in smaller markets. […] Look, I don’t begrudge owners in making a good old American dollar off the good old American game. They’ve opened up new avenues of revenue and deserve the windfall. All I’m saying is that you should keep this post in mind next time you hear an owner cut budgets or say he can’t afford to keep a homegrown star.” [‘Duk/Big League Stew]
Just to help us get our hopes up… “When asked if he was the most talented player in the draft, Berry didn’t even hesitate, simply saying he was — no need to elaborate on it. Berry also believes he should be the first player taken in the draft, despite the fact that he’s a defensive back. No defensive back has been taken as the top overall pick since the current draft system was implemented. The Cleveland Browns selected Eric Turner second overall in 1991 and a few other DBs were taken third overall, but none have gone off the board first. Why not now?” [Matt Snyder/NFL FanHouse]
Thus far, James has unquestionably been the best player in the NBA and a big reason of why Cleveland has the best record in the league. He’s leading the NBA in points per game and minutes played, PER and Win Shares. And it wasn’t too long ago the Cavs won 13 straight games.
Last season, James had one of his best seasons ever. He averaged 27.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per 36 minutes – all career highs. […] His PER is almost unchanged from last season and currently sits at 31.7. It doesn’t hurt that his team also has the best record in the NBA – 45 wins, 14 losses. And he’s carrying the team, too: nobody on the team is close to him in PER or Win Shares.” [Mark Milner/Hardwood Paroxysm]
And finally, The OBR responds to rumors about Derek Anderson being shipped to Arizona before his contract calls for a nice roster bonus. [John Taylor/The OBR – S/R]