Once ownership of the franchise is turned over to private hands, what kind of a payroll will the Nats be able to field? I realize a big part of this is how much an owner is willing to spend, but assuming that whoever picks up the Nats is willing to invest in the team at a reasonable clip, what kinds of revenues translated to payroll can we expect? DC isn't NY, Chicago or Boston, but there are plenty of people in the metro area. And better off for the Nats, they're generally better-educated and somewhat more affluent than other populations. My guess is, we'll see the Nats with a regular payroll in the 70-80 million range at least, but that's just based on the size of DC. This town strikes me as a baseball town that's been asleep for a long time, and I think we could see some great support for a long time to come, especially with the natural rivalry that will develop between the Nats and the O's. Look at what the Marlins have done with a crappy fanbase overall, and I think DC certainly compares favorably to Florida. What do you all think?
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