Exposing a competitive-balance fallacy
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The setupThe New York Yankees spent $201 million on their payroll in 2009, won 103 games and captured the World Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates spent $48 million on their payroll, lost 99 games and missed the playoffs for a 16th consecutive season. Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts reached the Super Bowl. Indianapolis' metropolitan population ranks below that of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Kansas City.
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