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  1. Are luxury boxes included in that ticket price distribution? I wouldn’t be surprised if they were higher than $250/ticket.

    Comment by Beau — November 2, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  2. Is the player pool split evenly among the 25 man postseason roster? The 40 man roster? Or is that determined by each team individually (like give more to Raul Ibanez and none to Valverde?)

    Comment by Peter R — November 2, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

  3. what about the tv revenue?

    dont the players at every level get a piece of that?

    Comment by walt kovacs — November 2, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  4. Wow. Very interesting. I had no idea the players got such a large percentage of the gate. What is the breakdown for the regular season?

    Comment by Didrums44 — November 2, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  5. 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.

    Comment by Steve — November 2, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  6. 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.

    Comment by James — November 2, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  7. I included prices based on all publicly available information. Don’t know if luxury boxes are included on the high end, or not.

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — November 2, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  8. Correct. Players vote before the end of the season. For example, the Giants players voted in 2010 to give partial shares to lots of non-players, like clubhouse attendants, etc.

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — November 2, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  9. No. TV revenue goes to MLB and is distributed to teams on a pro rata basis.

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — November 2, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  10. Players don’t receive any additional revenue from regular season ticket sales. They just receive what’s in their contracts.

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — November 2, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  11. 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).

    Comment by joser — November 2, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  12. What about merchandise and concession estimates?

    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.

    Comment by Nivra — November 2, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

  13. I think looking at the trend of the last 10-15 years would be a much better guess. You just have way to many factors for this to not be like a monkey throwing darts.

    Comment by TKDC — November 2, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  14. Based on the information in this post – why is the Tigers players pool larger than the losing championship series teams?

    Comment by Dan — November 2, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

  15. Disregard – I forgot about ‘divison’

    Comment by Dan — November 2, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

  16. No soup for Melky! Not a chance the Giants voted him in.

    Comment by James — November 2, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

  17. Yes, what about concessions, etc? I’d like to know just how much money the SF Giants ownership group cleared from this postseason.

    Comment by tbd — November 5, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

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