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Abstract This paper addresses the issue of the extreme increases in salaries of major league baseball players It looks at the effects of these increases on all areas of the game from competitiveness to fan appeal to financial issues It also looks at the different perspectives of all involved including the owners players and the fans Also shown in the paper are the possible solutions to the problem of baseball salaries along with some of the possible negative outcomes in the future if nothing is done Baseballs Skyrocketing Salaries It can no longer be said that baseball is just a game Actually it has been many years since that statement could be considered true Only recently however did the entire nation not just sports fans realize the extent to which this fact is true Athletes for the most part have always been paid better than the average American but now with Alex Rodriguezs new contract he is truthfully worth just as much as the entire franchise that he plays for Baseball salaries have skyrocketed out of control and something must be done before the integrity of the game and eventually the game itself is destroyed There are many reasons why this will happen and this claim will be supported by the viewpoints of all involved players owners and fans Many of the cold hard facts related to this salary increase will be shown along with exactly what has caused this exponential increase in pay While the outcry against the outrageous contracts that the players receive only recently become national news the anger towards the players for this dates back to the beginning of the game However since the creation of free agency in 1976 the increase in pay has become out of control In order to see this one only has to look at the first two years of free agency where salaries doubled Bodley 2000 par 17 Additionally the average salary is
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