I read Greg Cote's column this morning and found myself in total agreement with what he wrote about the Marlins. It's certainly embarrassing that the team was singled out that way, but there seems to be a silver lining.
Many of my listeners this morning were ecstatic that this happened to the Marlins because it forces their hand to spend some money.
Speaking of the revenue sharing dollars, I had ESPN's MLB Insider Jayson Stark on this morning, and he broke down the numbers in more detail for us (and gives us his thoughts on what happens next).
The only way I can defend not using the money for, "baseball operations," is for the money to be used towards the stadium. Even then it still feels kind of slimy. Why? It's simply not the letter of the law regarding MLB's Basic Agreement.
Ultimately, even in that scenario I don't know how people would feel if this ownership group received a loan to buy the team. Then used revenue sharing money to fund their end of the agreement for a stadium. Accompanied by the final piece coming from the public sector.