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DESPITE BIG FISH STORY, MARLINS WON'T SEE $$ PLAYOFF BOOST

          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).

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