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K2 Sports: why the Dodgers are pinching pennies and Kobe Bryant's short film, Dear Basketball.




Still from the short film, Dear Basketball.
Still from the short film, Dear Basketball.

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There's a developing story about the Dodgers, but not about acquiring new players or coaches - rather on money that they're not spending.  They're one of the premiere teams in Major League Baseball, and this year's World Series battle with the Houston Astros was one of the most thrilling in recent memory, going all the way to a Game seven. 

So why is the front office tightening the team's purse strings? We talked about it with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky. And we asked Andy why the Dodgers may be spending less money this season? 

Major league baseball doesn't have a salary cap, but they do have a punitive luxury tax which triggers, with payrolls of $197 million or more - the Dodgers currently project to have a payroll of around $205 million next season, and as five time luxury tax offenders, they have to spend 50% on each dollar spent above the threshold and the penalties will increase when you get beyond barriers of $217 million  and then $237 million. 

And then we talk ab out Kobe Bryant, he's living a post NBA life very different than most. In 2015, Kobe Bryant announced his retirement through a poem he'd written called "Dear Basketball." But now he's behind a new short film that's basically an animated adaptation of that same poem,  narrated by Bryant, scored by John Williams and animated by Glen Keane. 

Here he is, narrated the poem in front of a live audience at the Hollywood Bowl.