Infographic: The Cost of A Season Without Spectators

The infographic below was created by Statista back in March, estimating the potential losses MLB teams would be facing if they were to play an 82-game season in front of no live fans.  For an 82-game season, each team in the league would be facing an average loss of $640,000 per game.  The infographic shows estimated total losses for the top eight teams as a result of the shortened season and spectator-less games.  The total loss for the MLB was estimated to come in around $4 billion.

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Fast forward to the current arrangement, with a 60-game season, and these dollar amounts are no doubt looking even more ominous than the ones in the graphic.  As much as we all hate that money is such a big part of professional sports, it’s no wonder there was so much of a push to get a season, any season, underway to recoup some of these losses.

However, as I’ve mentioned before, with the coronavirus continuing to spread around the country at such a rapid rate, it’ll be interesting to see if the league even makes it all the way through the planned 60-game schedule.


3 Comments on “Infographic: The Cost of A Season Without Spectators”

  1. I really wish they would just shut down the season. As one player tweeted the other day (I’m paraphrasing) … interesting that ownership hasn’t stopped by to check in on training camps … they’re all isolating. I guess the risk only applies to one group. 😦

    • Yeah. To be clear, I’m not advocating that having the season is the right thing to do. The idea made me smile a bit at first because it’s been so weird not to have any baseball, but every time I see another player has tested positive, I cringe and even feel a little angry. I hate that money has so much influence over this and over so many other things currently going on in the country.


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