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).