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A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME
Richard Sandomir
April 16, 1990
How different is the game today? On the field, it has become faster, with greater emphasis on defense, as this comparison of National League player statistics from 1950 and last season shows. Off the field, major league revenues have escalated nearly tenfold, based on inflation-adjusted 1990 dollars (in parentheses)
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April 16, 1990

A Whole New Ball Game

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MAJOR LEAGUE REVENUES

TV & Radio

$3.4m

($17m)

Gate receipts

$23.8m

($.122m)

Concessions

$2.9m

($15m)

Other

$2.0m

($10m)

TOTAL

$32.1m

($164m)

Primary source for 1950 financial data is a report by the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Study of Monopoly Power (1952).

How different is the game today? On the field, it has become faster, with greater emphasis on defense, as this comparison of National League player statistics from 1950 and last season shows. Off the field, major league revenues have escalated nearly tenfold, based on inflation-adjusted 1990 dollars (in parentheses)

RESEARCH BY RICHARD SANDOMIR; JAMES RODEWALD; STATS, INC.

1950

VALUE OF FRANCHISE
Brooklyn Dodgers
$4.2m
($21.6m)

AVG. TICKET $1.60
($8.23)

HOT DOG 10�
(51�)

MAJOR LEAGUE PROFITS $765,000
($3.9m)

BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL
$2.80 ($14.40)

PRO MODEL GLOVE
$25 ($128)

AVG. LENGHT OF GAME
2 hrs. 23 mins.*

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