Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, March 19, 2001

Salon.com News Sports Econ 101

Allen Barra, a cohort of ESPNer Rob Neyer, has a dead on take of ticket prices and player salaries and the lack of correlation between the same.  Print this out, put it in your wallet and carry it around.  Because if you talk baseball with random folks over the next year, you are going to need it.  The article is from last summer, but it still applies to A-Rod and anybody else.

Sean Forman Posted: March 19, 2001 at 09:52 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags:

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. The Original Gary Posted: March 19, 2001 at 11:44 PM (#66077)
I know I slow sometimes, but I don't understand how ticket prices are not related to salaries. Sure, it is all about supply and demand and the owners will squeeze every last penny they can from the paying public. Still, it doesn't take a math major to figure out that 2.5 million fans who pay $20 per ticket generate twice that of the same number of fans who pay $10. In this example, there is a 25 million dollar difference. Heck, that gets Arod for a whole season! If a team generates that much more revenue, obviously there is that much more to spend on players. Attendance figures have a bearing on payroll. Low attendance equals low vendor sales. Less income is generated from parking. It is all interrelated.

I don't feel that because the Texas Rangers spend all that loot on Arod means they have to raise ticket prices to pay for him. But, if your payroll is 90 million, and you can generate more money by raising ticket prices to maintain that payroll, then the two are indeed related.
   2. The Original Gary Posted: March 19, 2001 at 11:44 PM (#66337)
I know I slow sometimes, but I don't understand how ticket prices are not related to salaries. Sure, it is all about supply and demand and the owners will squeeze every last penny they can from the paying public. Still, it doesn't take a math major to figure out that 2.5 million fans who pay $20 per ticket generate twice that of the same number of fans who pay $10. In this example, there is a 25 million dollar difference. Heck, that gets Arod for a whole season! If a team generates that much more revenue, obviously there is that much more to spend on players. Attendance figures have a bearing on payroll. Low attendance equals low vendor sales. Less income is generated from parking. It is all interrelated.

I don't feel that because the Texas Rangers spend all that loot on Arod means they have to raise ticket prices to pay for him. But, if your payroll is 90 million, and you can generate more money by raising ticket prices to maintain that payroll, then the two are indeed related.
   3. The Original Gary Posted: March 19, 2001 at 11:44 PM (#66877)
I know I slow sometimes, but I don't understand how ticket prices are not related to salaries. Sure, it is all about supply and demand and the owners will squeeze every last penny they can from the paying public. Still, it doesn't take a math major to figure out that 2.5 million fans who pay $20 per ticket generate twice that of the same number of fans who pay $10. In this example, there is a 25 million dollar difference. Heck, that gets Arod for a whole season! If a team generates that much more revenue, obviously there is that much more to spend on players. Attendance figures have a bearing on payroll. Low attendance equals low vendor sales. Less income is generated from parking. It is all interrelated.

I don't feel that because the Texas Rangers spend all that loot on Arod means they have to raise ticket prices to pay for him. But, if your payroll is 90 million, and you can generate more money by raising ticket prices to maintain that payroll, then the two are indeed related.
   4. The Original Gary Posted: March 19, 2001 at 11:44 PM (#67663)
I know I slow sometimes, but I don't understand how ticket prices are not related to salaries. Sure, it is all about supply and demand and the owners will squeeze every last penny they can from the paying public. Still, it doesn't take a math major to figure out that 2.5 million fans who pay $20 per ticket generate twice that of the same number of fans who pay $10. In this example, there is a 25 million dollar difference. Heck, that gets Arod for a whole season! If a team generates that much more revenue, obviously there is that much more to spend on players. Attendance figures have a bearing on payroll. Low attendance equals low vendor sales. Less income is generated from parking. It is all interrelated.

I don't feel that because the Texas Rangers spend all that loot on Arod means they have to raise ticket prices to pay for him. But, if your payroll is 90 million, and you can generate more money by raising ticket prices to maintain that payroll, then the two are indeed related.
   5. The Original Gary Posted: March 21, 2001 at 02:20 PM (#66080)
Vinay, you have crystallized my thoughts eloquently. Like I said, I am slow sometimes.
   6. The Original Gary Posted: March 21, 2001 at 02:20 PM (#66340)
Vinay, you have crystallized my thoughts eloquently. Like I said, I am slow sometimes.
   7. The Original Gary Posted: March 21, 2001 at 02:20 PM (#66880)
Vinay, you have crystallized my thoughts eloquently. Like I said, I am slow sometimes.
   8. The Original Gary Posted: March 21, 2001 at 02:20 PM (#67666)
Vinay, you have crystallized my thoughts eloquently. Like I said, I am slow sometimes.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Kiko Sakata
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 2016 May 23: Baseball owners hear from Democratic, Republican strategists
(1371 - 5:10pm, May 29)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogOT: NBA Playoffs Thread 2016
(2717 - 5:09pm, May 29)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 5-29-16
(44 - 5:07pm, May 29)
Last: It'd be better for 'Spos if you don't understand

NewsblogCarlos Beltrán, 400 Home Runs, 2,500 Hits, and The Hall of Fame
(21 - 4:46pm, May 29)
Last: Joe Bivens, Minor Genius

NewsblogTerse Clay Buchholz doesn't appear happy with move to bullpen | Boston Herald
(11 - 4:34pm, May 29)
Last: Joe Bivens, Minor Genius

NewsblogSyndergaard ejection exposes MLB's lack of consistency | FOX Sports
(16 - 4:22pm, May 29)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

NewsblogEpic fall: Royals score seven in ninth to stun White Sox
(42 - 3:59pm, May 29)
Last: Dale Sams

NewsblogRed Sox bring back good memories for Ruben Amaro Jr.
(1 - 3:22pm, May 29)
Last: puck

NewsblogAtkins on Blue Jays’ reputation: ‘I think we’re misunderstood’ - Sportsnet.ca
(41 - 3:11pm, May 29)
Last: DKDC

NewsblogWade Boggs feels ‘back home’ as Red Sox retire his No. 26 at Fenway Park
(61 - 2:16pm, May 29)
Last: Darren

NewsblogPadres discussing potential James Shields trade with White Sox | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
(5 - 2:05pm, May 29)
Last: Darren

NewsblogYu Darvish wins in return to Major Leagues | MLB.com
(1 - 1:26pm, May 29)
Last: Spivey

Gonfalon CubsThis and That
(72 - 1:16pm, May 29)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogTwins suspend pitching coach Neil Allen after DWI arrest
(20 - 1:05pm, May 29)
Last: bigglou115

NewsblogHow are you liking the decision to keep Matt Wieters now? - BaltimoreBaseball.com
(2 - 11:43am, May 29)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

Page rendered in 0.2903 seconds
46 querie(s) executed