Yanks' Series share worth $320,000 each
Posted: Friday November 27, 1998 07:03 PM
SAN DIEGO (CNN/SI) - Thanks to the doubling of World Series ticket prices, each winning share from the 1998 Fall Classic will be worth about $320,000, approximately $100,000 more than the previous record.
The players' pool from postseason games grew to a record $39.3 million after the ticket hike, up from $23.4 million in 1997, the commissioner's office said Thursday.
Thirty-six percent of the money ($14.2 million) goes to Yankees players, who completed a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. Last year, Florida Marlins players got $8.4 million, which came to $188,468 a share.
The old record for a World Series share was set in 1996, when a full share on the Yankees was worth $216,870. The exact value of this year's full share, which depends on how many full and partial shares were voted by Yankees players, will be released in about a month.
Baseball raised box seat prices for World Series games from $75 to $150. At Yankee Stadium, the best box seats, which include waiter service, were sold for $300 apiece. In addition, approximately 60 first-row seats were sold for $700 each, a Yankees employee said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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