My understanding is that the players on the active 25 man roster vote on who gets a “full” or “partial” postseason share. Then the team adds up all the shares that were allocated and divides the player money by the number of shares. So, for example, if a team decided to award 7 additional full shares to players that didn’t make the postseason roster, plus maybe 4 other half shares, that would be 25 + 7 + 2 = 34 shares. So the pool of money would be divided by 34 to determine what a share is equal to.
This is a nice article, and I appreciate the work that must have gone in this, but I have one small critique. Saying your total estimate is $81,405,020 suggests precision in your estimate, whereas you acknowledge that this is highly uncertain. It would be more appropriate to just call it $80 million.
That’s a historical artifact — once upon a time, when there were no broadcast revenues and the gate was all there was (aside from minor revenue for ads on outfield walls, concessions, etc), the player’s share of the postseason revenue was created as an incentive for them to try to win games (and not incidentally, also not sabotage them to benefit gambling interests). And it was a big incentive, because the postseason share could be as much or more than their regular salary (in an era when a lot of players had to take other jobs in the offseason to make ends meet).
While concessions probably don’t differ that much from regular playoff games (a small per game boost at most, due to celebration and the greater willingness to spend money), merchandise sales are likely a significant boost from what teams expect in the regular season.
I know normal merchandise is split among all 30 teams. However, I always figured this was the wholesale price with the retailer taking the normal retail margin for themselves. In the case of stadium stores, the retailer is the home team. Additionally, I wonder if the 30 team merchandise split applies to playoff paraphernalia since that’s specific to the the playoffs.