Statistics and Facts on Major League Baseball (MLB)
Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball league in North America consisting of 30 teams that play in the American League and the National League.
The league generated a total of 6.8 billion U.S. dollars in revenue
in 2012, an average of almost 227 million U.S. dollars per team. Around one third of these revenues is generated through ticket sales
The New York Yankees, who are the highest-grossing team
in Major League Baseball with revenues of 471 million U.S. dollars in 2012, generated almost 300 million U.S. dollars of income from gate receipts alone. The Yankees are also the most valuable franchise
in baseball with an estimated value of 2.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2013.
Revenue from television and media rights is also an important stream of revenue for MLB. Broadcasting deals with TBS, ESPN and Fox, starting with the 2014 season, will bring in around 12.4 billion U.S. dollars in total revenue through 2021. Teams also market their games through individual TV-deals. The New York Yankees earned about 85 million U.S. dollars in 2012 from broadcasting rights through a deal with the YES Network.
Due to its extensive regular season schedule (162 games per team, 2,420 games total leaguewide) the league has the highest total attendance
amongst sports leagues worldwide (74.03 million in 2013).
In 2013 average attendance
at regular season games was at about 30.5 thousand. The average ticket price
was at 27.48 U.S. dollars for the 2013 season.
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