Low-revenue A's rise up

Updated: September 29, 2000, 3:01 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Sometimes, being a baseball fan is like being a financial analyst. Owners and the Players Association make conflicting claims about the profitability of baseball teams, reflecting their best interests, and we are left to either ignore the chatter or try to make sense of it. We are absorbed with talk about the increasing gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots," but we don't really know what's "true."

The ultimate "have-not" is defined as a team with low revenue and low payroll playing ...

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