wrveres wrote:I still think it is stupid for a team to operate under a $80MM budget when revenues have obviously grown in those 4 years. Talk about screwing the fans.
they won 14 division pennants in a row!!!
They routinely played playoff games to a stadium at 2/3 capacity ...
Maybe you mean, 'Talk about the fans screwing the team!!'
I'm sorry, but what does attendance at playoff games have to do with yearly operating costs? Any playoff revenue is in addition to annual revenue and should, in effect, help next year's budget. Yet the Braves saw no increase in budget despite having made the playoffs 14 times in 15 years. In fact, the budget has been reduced.
BTW, what time were those playoff games? 8 p.m.?!? Nope. Try 1 and 4 in the afternoon on a workday. When the Yankees and Red Sox are always playing at night, some teams are forced to play afternoon games on weekdays. Kind of tough for the average fan to take a day off of work for a game that you're given just a few days notice to attend (such that meetings can be rescheduled, etc.).
The Braves have consistently drawn between 2.5 and 3 MM fans. Yet the payroll has been reduced from $100MM to $80MM and has stayed there despite increased ticket prices and revenues across the board. So the fans pay more and the team pays out less, thereby increasing the profit for the owners. By that token, yes, they are being screwed. And as someone else said, that cheapness (by Braves' standards) helped make sure that the Braves didn't make it 15 playoffs in 16 years (doubt they'd have caught the Mets - but the WC was possible with even just a real closer the first half).