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Mike Jones' market-size research,
Kansas City is the smallest market with a major-league team. Jones pegs it as the 39th-largest market in the country, based
largely on information from Nielsen. Using the latest data from the Census Bureau (which operates one of the most data-intensive
sites you'll ever find at www.census.gov),
there were about 1,756,000 people in the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area in 1999, as
compared to New York's 20,197,000.
K.C. has one team. New York has two.
Forbes estimates that the two New York teams took in $384 million in revenue last
year. Kansas City? $85MM. If the total revenue pool of a city is divided evenly by the teams in it (This may not be the case.
I've seen it argued that instead of splitting a market, adding a second team only causes the first team's revenues to drop by
.8, which is attributed to increased interest in baseball, rivalries, and so forth), a third team in New York would make $125MM.
That's a cool $40MM more every year.
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I'm the new owner of the Angels.
Read the full article... As noted in my last column, operating losses account for only $232 million of the $519 million Major League Baseball claims to have lost in 2001. Another $112,491,000 represents net interest expenses. Here's how the interest was distributed.
As noted in my last column, operating losses account for only $232 million of the $519 million Major League Baseball claims to have lost in 2001. Another $112,491,000 represents net interest expenses. Here's how the interest was distributed:
Chicago Cubs $2,263,000
Chicago White Sox $2,152,000
New York Mets $1,611,000
Kansas City Royals $1,139,000
Atlanta Braves $593,000
Toronto Blue Jays $51,000
Boston Red Sox ($239,000)
Philadelphia Phillies ($682,000)
Seattle Mariners ($962,000)
St. Louis Cardinals ($1,640,000)
Florida Marlins ($2,078,000)
Colorado Rockies ($2,633,000)
Cincinnati Reds ($2,815,000)
Montreal Expos ($2,835,000)
San Diego Padres ($2,869,000)
Cleveland Indians ($3,056,000)
Houston Astros ($3,939,000)
Oakland Athletics ($4,327,000)
Minnesota Twins ($4,677,000)
Anaheim Angels ($4,978,000)
Pittsburgh Pirates ($6,089,000)
New York Yankees ($6,815,000)
Texas Rangers ($7,128,000)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays ($7,421,000)
Milwaukee Brewers ($7,774,000)
Arizona Diamondbacks ($8,385,000)
Baltimore Orioles ($12,831,000)
San Francisco Giants ($14,437,000)
Los Angeles Dodgers ($16,354,000)
The positive figures are no surprise. Every club--well, every one but the Expos--starts the season with an eight-figure bank balance, thanks to advance sales of luxury boxes, season tickets, and single-game seats. By the time the players start to collect their salaries, this money has been earning interest for months.
Thus, to estimate the interest actually paid by the other clubs, their reported interest expenses must be adjusted to reflect the offsetting interest income. This presupposes, of course, that interest earned on season tickets and luxury boxes is actually reported on the team's balance sheet... which doesn't appear to be the case for the Boston Red Sox. It's hard to imagine how the Red Sox, a club with no long-term debt, could have netted just $51,000 interest on local revenues of more than $150 million.
Since the two Chicago teams reported the most interest income, I'll use the average of their effective interest rates to estimate the total interest received by all 30 clubs. The Cubs earned 3.59% interest ($4,665,000 on total operating revenues of $129,774,000); the White Sox 2.03% ($2,263,000 on $111,682,000), for an average of 2.81%. Multiplying this rate by MLB's gross revenues of $3,547,876,000 yields an estimate of almost exactly $100 million in interest revenue--$99,695,000, to be precise. Since MLB reported net interest expense of $112,491,000, the 30 clubs paid more than $210 million in interest during 2001. Read the full article...
February 4, 2002 12:00 am
At last we've reached the bottom line. The table below ranks the 30
major league clubs from most to least profitable, net of revenue sharing.
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December 20, 2001 12:00 am
MLB's financial disclosures break down team revenues into five categories.
regular-season game receipts
local media money,
were discussed in the first two installments of this series. The third column, postseason
revenue, contains a few surprises:
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September 7, 2000 12:00 am
(Peter Schoenke, President of
RotoNewsDirect.com, provides a guest
column this week that serves as a rebuttal to Keith Law's two recent
articles on revenue sharing.) Read the full article...
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