Friday, January 7, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, January 6, 2022 -- "From the Archives: Hidden Revenue Sharing"

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"On ESPN’s flagship summer programming Sunday Night Baseball, MLB’s only true Game of the Week, five teams appeared five times, and two others appeared four times (the Yankees would have made it six, but they had a Sunday night game rained out). Fifteen teams, half the league, didn’t show up on Sunday Night Baseball at all. For their five appearances, the Yankees got $22 million or so from ESPN. For their zero appearances, the Marlins, Padres, Royals and a dozen other teams also got $22 million apiece."