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Volume 24 No. 196
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Source: Trip To World Series, Extra Home Games Could Help Dodgers Break Even

A return to the World Series for the Dodgers -- who have not played in the Fall Classic since '88 -- likely would "erase years of red ink," according to Josh Kosman of the N.Y. POST. A source said the Dodgers "might be close to break even” thanks to the increased number of home games in the MLB Postseason. The team had an Opening Day payroll of $242.2M -- which has swelled to $265M "because of in-season trades." The Dodgers "posted an operating loss" of $20.5M in '16 after an operating loss of $73.2M in '15. The Dodgers’ financial picture is "expected to improve next season -- with expected payroll cuts." The source said that within a few seasons, the team "projects" making more than $50M annually (N.Y. POST, 10/19).