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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 26 September 2006 01:12

Florida MarlinsWhile this season's Marlins might be the biggest overachievers of all-time, their chances of making the playoffs seem remote. In the off-season it seems that owner Jeffery Loria will fire manager Joe Girardi, who many think has a chance at the NL Manager of the Year award.

After the dust settles, one thing that seems all but certain will be a year of profit for the Marlins. Even with the lack of fans attending games at Dolphin Stadium, by cutting player payroll to around $15 million the Fish have assured themseleves of being in the black. As David Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports :
Look at the ledger sheet. [The Marlins] got $30 million in revenue sharing last year and will get around that this year. It conservatively will make $10 million for local TV (ratings remain strong), according to a source. It can expect around another $18 million from national TV.

Then there's licensing deals, a $10 million payout from the Washington Nationals sale coming at some point and -- oh, yeah, tickets, concessions, plus whatever slice of the stadium lease that we constantly hear is the worst in sports.

And, some reports show the Marlins pulled in $31 million in revenue sharing. Recall that the payroll cuts were due to Marlins ownership claims that without a new facility, and the associated revenues of controlling it, cuts had to be made. 

 
 
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