Originally posted by Redsland
I read Pappas's articles, but in the end, I didn't use any of them. I, like Congress, simply don't trust MLB's numbers.
That said, MLB told Congress that the Reds' non-player expenses for 2001 were $36,533,000. Add up all of the non-player expenses in my table, and you have $30,500,000.
You can do what you like, and you certainly have researched and authenticated your figures. It seems pretty clear, though, that even Pappas trusts the Reds number ("The Expos' layout of $35 million is probably close to the minimum any club can reasonably spend") and suggests that new parks add to expenses as well as revenues ("The Pirates' high costs are also presumably inflated by expenses related to the opening of their new park"). I also would add that the MLB figures are from two years ago, and expenses likely have not diminished in the interim.
On the subject of GAB, I also wonder about the Reds' final payments toward its construction. (The rent/maintenance article suggests that the Reds owe another $10 million.)
Some other line items that may or may not be included in the $13 million include interest and the cost of insurance on player contracts, Griffey's LTC in particular.