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MLB is swimming in revenues

Originally Published: September 21, 2005
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
Maybe you've heard: Major League Baseball is awash in money. Between the new TV deal and the booming attendance at the new ballparks and the satellite radios in every new car, MLB can't keep track of the revenues. Big gleaming piles of gold nuggets. Stacks of greenbacks higher than the Chrysler Building. More T-bills than the Treasury issues every day to cover our skyrocketing national debt.

OK, that last one's an exaggeration (nobody's got as much money as we borrow). But MLB is swimming in revenues and there's no end in sight. Someday, the poorest major-leaguer will earn a million dollars per season, and the typical major-leaguer will earn $5 million or $6 million or perhaps much more. Barring some sort of national economic collapse, it's simply a matter of time.

We're not there yet, though, unless you're an experienced starting pitcher, in which case there's really no limit to how much you can make, regardless of your actual skills or performance. It's a little like those infomercials arguing that you, too, can make a million buying and selling real estate, and the only real work involved is driving to the bank in your new Hummer. But this one's true.

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