Yes. The IT department. The cleaning people. Rent. Facility maintenance. The analytics department. If the Orioles employ 300 people (besides players) at an average loaded salary of 100k that's $30M.
From a recent post on Bill James' site, with the question being something like "what looks different from the inside of a MLB organization since you worked for the Red Sox":
I would like to know how Forbes comes up with that number. I don't think there are any publicly available sources for that, so they either have to have inside sources with each team or the league, or they're guessing.
If you think Elias came in and didn’t spend a lot more money on the infrastructure than they did before him, I don’t know what to tell you.
We really have no idea what’s reported, what’s not, how the organization could break off some of these costs, etc...
It’s very possible that some things are done under a different corporate name..I mean, we know the Os don’t count the MASN revenue with their revenue. They view them as separate entities.
I just don’t put much weight into these numbers.
Heres what I know..the team can sustain a budget a payroll of 130-160m while also spending what is needed in the draft, international signings and proper infrastructure for development, etc...
As long as they do that (the payroll will go back up, I’m not concerned about that right now), I don’t care if they make a billion dollars a year.
The issue, for me, comes when they try to cry woe is me and have to dump a player over a few million or something like that. They should take on contracts to “buy prospects” and things like that.
Even if you think the numbers are incorrect I think comparing the yearly totals have value. You have to assume that one year is going to be as accurate as the next. I don't think they just suddenly missed 5M in spending in 2019.