Basically, the it's only money approach that is easy for fans and tough for owners.
Tough on the owners only in the sense that it isn't a money grab, raking in revenue sharing and tv money while spending at the league bottom. Old man Lerner said that owning the club was a public trust, but for five years all he did was profit from the ballpark the city built for him while padding his bank account. With all the money flowing in and the additional income from increased ticket sales the Nats could have spent big and still been in the black, just maybe not I will the top three for operating profits. Meanwhile the franchise value was kept low as Lerner bought out minority partners like Kasten.