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Friday, October 12, 2012
Good news for MLB division series

By Darren Rovell

Update: The numbers provided by MLB for umpires were incorrect and have been updated. The umpires fund receives 5 percent for the Division Series, 7.5 percent for the LCS and 10 percent for the World Series. The official also said the revenues go to the commissioner's office for umpire salaries and travel.

All four MLB division series playoffs went the maximum five games, and that's really good news for the teams. Why? Because unlike the regular season in which the home team gets to keep 100 percent of its ticket revenue, no team is really making great money off playoff-ticket revenue until Game 4 in the ALDS and NLDS and Game 5 in the ALCS and NLCS and World Series.

Here is the breakdown of ticket-revenue distribution for the postseason, as provided by Major League Baseball:

Division Series (Best of 5)

  • Players’ pool gets 60 percent of revenue for games 1-3.
  • Umpires get 5.0 percent (all games)
  • Remainder is divided 50/50 between the participating teams

    League Championship Series (Best of 7)

  • Players’ pool gets 60 percent of revenue for games 1-4.
  • Umpires get 7.5 percent (all games)
  • Remainder is divided 50/50 between the participating teams

    World Series (Best of 7)

  • Players’ pool gets 60 percent of revenue for games 1-4
  • Commissioner’s office gets 15 percent
  • Umpires get 10 percent (all games)
  • Remainder is divided 50/50 between the participating teams