Revenue-sharing success stories

For five surprise MLB teams, revenue sharing is the main reason they've gotten back on track.

Updated: July 12, 2004, 2:14 PM ET
By Rick Sutcliffe | Special to ESPN Insider
Let's look at why five surprise teams -- the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers -- have reversed their fortunes so far this season.

The main reason they've gotten back on track this year is revenue sharing. They're revenue-sharing success stories -- examples of the concept working as it should.

As most baseball fans know, revenue sharing is the system mandated by Major League Baseball whereby the big-market teams share their revenue with the small-market teams.

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Rick Sutcliffe serves as an ESPN Major League Baseball analyst, appearing on Wednesday night telecasts, select ESPN Radio broadcasts, as well as Baseball Tonight.