Profits and baseball have a love affair that’s filled with as much passion as the fans have for their favorite teams — and it continues to grow. The average value of a Major League Baseball team rose 16 percent during the past year to a record high of $605 million. With the battle over for the chance to play in the World Series (congrats to the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers), this infographic takes a look at the top four World Series contenders — revenue, income, value, and social networking profiles — and see if they’re a factor in a team making it to the World Series.
The four teams the graphic looks at are the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Detroit Tigers. It’s no surprise that the NY Yankees top the list when it comes to revenue and overall worth, and Detroit sits at the bottom of the group. New York is loaded with money and talent, and when that occurs, all the fans want to come out and see a game. While other teams like the Tigers don’t make as much money, they’re still a great team to watch and have a great mix of talent on their roster.
While profit is one thing, another is the number of followers they have on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The Yankees are the juggernauts of this arena as well, with over 6.09 million Facebook followers, and 759,800 Twitter followers. It’s crazy to think that one team has so much clout — and such a massive lead over the next team. Too bad for the Yankees that a World Series birth isn’t decided by social media followers.
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