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Numbers Game The Accounting Side of Sports For the most part expenses are final and for the most part expenses are player salaries Like any business teams are always looking for the competitive advantage something to set them apart Each team gets a equal price of the leagues shared revenue pie Just like in a regular business the business has a fixed amount on how much can be spent and in professional sports they have a salary cap which provides this same function When in a cash-flow crunch a team looks to its roster for fast cash as in the 1995 New York Mets who cut 128 million out of their payroll by trading superstars Bret Saberhagen Bobby Bonilla and Bret Butler Another accounting aspect in sports is the naming of a franchise player When a player is named this and is about to be signed by another team he must be paid a salary equal to the average of the top five players of that position in the league In baseball the financial gains is mostly made out on the field with the leagues most successful teams having the highhest payrolls but in football sometimes the teams with the most success can lose money and the worst ones can be the most profitable because of factors such as fan attendence and the popularity of the team
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