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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009 08:12

The Biz of BaseballA funny thing happened starting last year: reports on revenue-sharing in Major League Baseball dried up. While there was plenty of stories dealing with ownership rhetoric (i.e. the Yankees complaining about the system, and low-revenue making clubs calling for a salary cap), there were no stories on the amount of money being transferred from payors to payees.

Since the institution of the system in baseball, you could count on at least one solid story from The Associated Press on the matter. But, over the last two years, there has been nothing. The reason? Sources within baseball appear to have decided not to release the figures.

In the interest of those that look at revenue-sharing in baseball, I have compiled what is believed to be the only years where figures for all 30 clubs were released to the public. Note that the figures for 2002-2003 by way of The Associated Press are the most accurate while the figures from the Wall Street Journal from 2005 are rounded. Partial 2006 figures from Philadelphia Inquirer are provided, as well.

Closing note: with the 2009 season fast approaching the All-Star break, the odds seem exceptionally long that a report on 2008’s figures will be surfacing.


Year                           2003               2002   
Montreal                 29,517,000     28,493,994
Florida                    21,030,000     20,946,573
Tampa Bay            20,464,000     14,724,463
Kansas City           19,042,000     16,629,872
Toronto                   18,735,000     13,691,953
Minnesota              17,249,000      12,977,421
Detroit                     16,738,000      11,615,688
Milwaukee              16,555,000       8,502,007
Pittsburgh               13,299,000       6,400,652
San Diego              13,250,000       6,283,572
Oakland                  11,756,000       9,201,545
Philadelphia            9,013,000       9,834,124
Cincinnati                 6,469,000       9,807,244
Colorado                  2,469,000     (-5,127,222)
Anaheim                  1,874,000     (-1,303,070)
Arizona                     1,456,000     (-3,255,682)
Houston                   1,182,000     (-4,326,392)
Baltimore                    252,000     (-5,337,479)
Cleveland               (-4,828,000) (-10,612,923)
Chicago W. Sox    (-4,833,000)   (-3,823,142)
Texas                    (-7,162,000)   (-8,205,165)
St. Louis                (-9,202,000)   (-8,385,888)
Los Angeles           (-9,490,000)   (-9,278,555)
Atlanta                (-11,291,000)   (-9,753,575)
San Francisco       (-12,959,000)    (-9,638,790)
Chicago Cubs       (-16,731,000)    (-8,280,260)
N.Y. Mets            (-21,473,000)  (-17,366,067)
Seattle                (-31,023,000)  (-19,877,788)
Boston                (-38,692,000)  (-17,896,820)
N.Y. Yankees       (-52,650,000)  (-26,640,289)
Transfer             $220,350,000   $169,109,108

Source: The Associated Press

2005

Payors

Team                  Amount paid (millions)
New York Yankees          $76
Boston Red Sox              $52
Chicago Cubs                  $32
Seattle Mariners              $25
New York Mets               $24
Los Angeles Dodgers       $20
St. Louis Cardinals           $19
Chicago White Sox          $18
San Francisco Giants        $14
Houston Astros              $11
Los Angeles Angels         $11
Atlanta Braves               $10
Texas Rangers               $.035

Payees

Team                 Amount received (millions)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays    $33
Toronto Blue Jays         $31
Florida Marlins               $31
Kansas City Royals         $30
Detroit Tigers              $25
Pittsburgh Pirates         $25
Milwaukee Brewers       $24
Minnesota Twins          $22
Oakland Athletics          $19
Cincinnati Reds             $16
Colorado Rockies          $16
Arizona D-Backs            $13
Cleveland Indians          $6.0
Philadelphia Phillies        $5.8
San Diego Padres         $5.7
Washington Nationals   $3.9
Baltimore Orioles          $2.0

Source: The Wall Street Journal

2006

Payees
Devil Rays $36 million
Marlins $33.4 million
Royals $33.2 million
Phillies $4.8 million

Payors

Yankees ($78.7 million)
Red Sox ($59.7 million)
Mets ($30.9 million)

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

NOTE: The Business of Sports Network is interested in compiling as much MLB revenue-sharing information as possible. Readers are encouraged to contact Maury Brown if data other than what is being reported above is found.


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