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If mods want to move to MLB section I understand but wanted as many people to see it as possible. Manfred is such a hot topic. 

He was just on SiriusXM with Chris Russo for about half hour. 

-Talked covid, social justice a little bit. Nothing earth shattering. Did say they were a little slow with social justice comments but wanted to make sure it was correct - paraphrasing 

-On criticisms he doesn’t love baseball. Said he loves baseball. Went in 1968 Yankee Stadium as a fan. Grew up with cable watching Yankees. 

-Not a fan 16 teams playoffs. Purely a 2020 issue. 12-14 playoff teams if we do it. 


-No Decision on DH National league. Seems to want to leave up to NL teams.


-Extra inning rule has a chance. Players like it.


-Less than 9 innings for DH tougher one. Not sure whether it has life. Sounds like that isn’t happening. 


-Not appropriate to comment on Mets new owner. Wasn’t a criticism just not appropriate. Did say amount for team speaks to health of sport. 


-TBS new Tv deal by 2023 will be 50 years going back to Braves. They will have Tuesday TV window. Good for our game. 3.7B deal


-Negotiations with ESPN hopeful continue relationship.


-Cash loss will approach over 3B this year.


-Different without fans hope next year can.

I wish Chris had asked him about draft but he did not.  

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4 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

Cash loss of 3B?

He means MLB revenue will be 3B less right? 

He termed it as cash loss. Maybe cash flow? He didn’t say that specific loss of revenue, distinctly used word cash for whatever reason.  

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4 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

Cash loss of 3B?

He means MLB revenue will be 3B less right? 

Don’t think so.    Revenue must be down by a lot more than 3B.   Have a look at my thread on last year’s Forbes numbers.    The average team has gate revenues of $94 mm — that’s $2.82 bb lost right there.    Then consider that local TV revenues (per another Forbes article, $2.3 bb) are probably down proportionally to the number of games — that’s another $1.4 bb down.  Then there’s the National TV revenue - whatever portion of that relates to the regular season probably reduced proportionally.   So it’s got to be at least a $5 B revenue loss for MLB overall, maybe more.    Not sure if it translates to a $3 BB loss, though. MLB had net income of $40 mm per team of $1.2 B in 2018.    Subtract $5 BB lost revenue but add in $3 B in payroll deductions and you’re only $800 mm in the hole.    I’m sure there are other revenue and cost reductions that I haven’t mentioned that would move the needle from there, but it seems unlikely it would swing $2.2 B lower than what I calculated here .



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