1. Los Angeles presents opportunities unlike any other
There are two massive cities in American sports that have an advantage unlike any other: Los Angeles and New York. New York and Los Angeles are the two biggest markets in the United States, however, Chicago and Philadelphia are third and fourth, so it is understandable why the White Sox, Cubs and Phillies are still in the running.
However, the only team in those markets that has the same kind of allure as the Los Angeles Dodgers is the New York Yankees, who really should have no reason to want to sign Harper with a massive contract in Giancarlo Stanton already on the payroll.
And while California’s state tax is enormous (trust me, we know), the Dodgers still present a unique business opportunity unlike any other.
First of all, the Dodgers are partly owned by one of the best sports businessmen in the country, Magic Johnson. If anyone can make Bryce Harper millions outside of baseball, it is MAgic Johnson.
Plus, the city also has the biggest athlete in the United States in LeBron James, who made his decision to come to LA for personal and business reasons. Magic can tout the benefits of having another massive star like LeBron in the same market and how that is going to open doors unheard of in Washington D.C.
If Harper really wants to cash out and set up his life outside of baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the team to join. Despite having such a big market, the Dodgers don’t really have any massive stars in the spotlight on the cover of magazines and in commercials. That is why Harper fits in nicely.