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DESPITE BIG FISH STORY, MARLINS WON'T SEE $$ PLAYOFF BOOST
Published October 14, 1997
With "more than" 50,000 attending both Friday and Saturday's Braves-Marlins NLCS games at Pro Player Stadium, "it would seem the Marlins are making a huge profit in these playoffs," according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. But team President Don Smiley said playoff profits "will not come close to covering" the team's losses this season, which Smiley said "will exceed" $30M. Smiley added that even if the Marlins advance to the World Series, they would see postseason profits of "less than" $1M. Of Saturday's $1.7M gate, the Marlins, after splits for the postseason pool, the leagues, and the Braves, collected $226,667, "about" 13.3%. In addition, the home team must cover all costs of staging the games (MIAMI HERALD, 10/12). Saturday's crowd of 54,890 was a franchise record (AP/ESPN SportsZone, 10/11). Marlins fans purchased "over" 100,000 tickets yesterday to potential Games One & Two of the World Series, ensuring that they both will be sellouts (Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 10/14).