The basis for this analysis might be statistically accurate, but it just goes to prove the “and that’s why they play the game” mantra:
Since 1990, teams that increased opening-day payroll from one season to the next padded their win total only 49.5% of the time. In fact, the correlation between spending more and losing less was .06, which represents almost zero relationship whatsoever, according to a study by the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, an organization of Harvard students and faculty. In this span, for instance, teams that took on more than $20 million extra in salary added just 0.89 win the next season, while the teams that shed more than $20 million added 1.89 wins.
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