Re: So, the Dodgers are insanely rich
MLB's deal is 12.4 billion/8 years. (worth 51.6 million per year for each team)
Padres was 1 billion/20 years. (50 million per year)
Dodgers is 6 billion/25 years. (240 million per year)
Rangers 3 billion/20 years (150 million per year)
Angels just over 3 billion/20 years (roughly 150 million per year)
So even if the Reds version is closer to the Padres version, there's still a ton more money flowing in than most fans realize. That MLB deal seems to get overlooked quite often. And with revenue sharing, it equalizes it even more for the smaller market teams. So yeah, the Reds have money to spend.
Some more info. Since the revenue sharing system currently in place makes all teams put 31% of their local tv income into the pot to be divided among all the teams, this means that the Dodgers deal, for example, is putting 74.4 million into the collective pot each year and the Reds get 2.4 million of that each year. But in a few years (2016 I think) the 15 biggest market teams won't be eligible for revenue sharing. They'll still have to ante up every year, but they won't get a check from the pot. So that would effectively double the annual income for the Reds from revenue sharing. 4.8 million a year from the Dodgers alone. Or from the few I listed above, 12.2 million per year from just those 4 clubs.
Also, teams are required to spend at least 25% more on payroll than they receive in revenue sharing. So if the Reds get say 50 million in revenue sharing, they'd have a minimum payroll of 62.5 million.
Yep, the money is there folks. And then some.
Pitching and defense...anything else is gravy. Mmmm...gravy.
Last edited by _Sir_Charles_; 11-27-2012 at 03:02 PM.