Yankees vs. A-Rod: diffuse controversy with private negotiation
If you’re a Major League Baseball (MLB) fan living in the U.S., you would be living under a rock if you didn’t realize how often the terms “A-Rod” (Alex Rodriguez) and “controversy” have been strung together. This year has been no different, despite his surprisingly low profile.
When they last negotiated a contract with A-Rod in 2007, the New York Yankees figured that when he passed all-time leaders in home runs, they would reap great marketing value from higher attendance, advertising, merchandising, well….you get the picture. So both sides agreed that A-Rod would receive $6 million for passing each home run milestone, starting with Willie Mays at 660...