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As Chris mentioned this morning, Derek Jeter has lofty aspirations for his career once he is done playing:
The New York Yankees captain told The Associated Press that once his career is over, he envisions himself pursuing ownership of a professional sports franchise—like Michael Jordan.
Jeter, one of several athletes who endorses the Jordan Brand, was in Tampa Thursday at an event celebrating the launch of his ninth signature shoe, the Jordan Jeter Throwback.
Jordan recently purchased majority ownership of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. Jeter stressed he has no interest in owning a small, non-controlling share of a baseball team.
“Oh yeah,” he said. “The only interest I have in ownership is to be able to call the shots. I’ve said that time and time again.”
While this sounds like a perfectly good plan, I see a few issues with it. Firstly, Jordan likely has more money than Derek does, and he needed to scrounge together enough cash to buy the Charlotte Bobcats. Unless Derek wants to buy a small market team and run them like a small market club, he may have a hard time getting sole control of a team. Now, he could join an ownership group, but that might erode his decision making power and does not seem like something that he is amenable to.
Additionally, I am not exactly sure if Derek is qualified to be in a decision-making position. Having great physical skills does not automatically mean that you have the wherewithal to properly construct a team or choose lieutenants to do it for you. In fact, we have seen many great athletes fail miserably once placed in such leadership positions. While he has not said anything over the years to suggest that he does not know how to build a team, he has not given any indication that he is in fact qualified either. He speaks in platitudes and cliches, so we have no real idea as to whether he understands the broader issues at play when constructing a front office and roster.
Quite frankly, I would prefer that my team have an ownership group much like the current Steinbrenner regime: plenty of money, hires a competent GM, and then allows the baseball people the latitude to make their own decisions within the constraints of the budget. Jeter is unlikely to have enough money to support a large payroll, and seems to want to be more of an involved owner. I am not sure that is a recipe for success.
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