Big Business

Andrew Zimbalist talks about shared revenue in baseball

27 seconds

"In '96 they shared fifty-eight million dollars across the teams. Today they share about three hundred and fifty million dollars across the teams. Teams on the bottom of the economic ladder in baseball get over thirty million dollars in revenue sharing. They also get over thirty million dollars in what's called central fund money, basically national television, Internet money, licensing money. If a team like the Florida Marlins can keep their payroll down to fifteen, twenty, twenty-five million dollars and then their team expenses add another fifteen million say, and then another ten million for front office expenses, they have a built-in profit before they even sell one ticket of ten million dollars."