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Baseball Is Finally Back! Here’s a Look at What Coronavirus Cost Each Team

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After weeks of acrimonious negotiations between the MLB owners and players that had many fans thinking to themselves, “Wow, they’re going to screw this up, huh?” baseball is back. While the two sides didn’t quite come to an agreement, the final stumbling block — whether they would play a 60-game season or a 70-game season — didn’t prove to be enough to prevent a full summer with no baseball as Rob Manfred mandated a 60-game season and the players didn’t feel compelled to strike.

However, even with games returning, the financial hit to the league remains massive. Playing 60 games and — coronavirus permitting — a postseason should help mitigate some of those losses for the teams. But, without fans at the games, the sport of baseball just isn’t going to be the revenue driver it normally is. In fact, teams still stand to lose millions of dollars in lost ticket sales, concessions and merchandise. After all, the profit margin on $8 beers and $5 hot dogs is, well, extreme.

So how much is each team missing out on? Here’s a closer look at which teams stand to lose the most.

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Oakland A's

  • Average attendance: 20,521
  • Average ticket price: $23.46
  • Revenue per home game: $2,691,358.02
  • Gate receipts per home game: $481,481.48
  • Yearly gate receipts: $39,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,209,876.54
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $179,000,000

Annual revenue: $218,000,000

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Miami Marlins

  • Average attendance: 10,016
  • Average ticket price: $32.05
  • Revenue per home game: $2,765,432.10
  • Gate receipts per home game: $320,987.65
  • Yearly gate receipts: $26,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,444,444.44
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $198,000,000

Annual revenue: $224,000,000

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Tampa Bay Rays

  • Average attendance: 14,552
  • Average ticket price: $22.06
  • Revenue per home game: $2,814,814.81
  • Gate receipts per home game: $320,987.65
  • Yearly gate receipts: $26,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,493,827.16
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $202,000,000

Annual revenue: $228,000,000

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Kansas City Royals

  • Average attendance: 18,267
  • Average ticket price: $37.17
  • Revenue per home game: $3,012,345.68
  • Gate receipts per home game: $679,012.35
  • Yearly gate receipts: $55,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,333,333.33
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $189,000,000

Annual revenue: $244,000,000

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Baltimore Orioles

  • Average attendance: 16,146
  • Average ticket price: $32.11
  • Revenue per home game: $3,098,765.43
  • Gate receipts per home game: $518,518.52
  • Yearly gate receipts: $42,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,580,246,91
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $209,000,000

Annual revenue: $251,000,000

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Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Average attendance: 18,413
  • Average ticket price: $30.17
  • Revenue per home game: $3,135,802.47
  • Gate receipts per home game: $555,555.56
  • Yearly gate receipts: $45,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,580,246.91
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $209,000,000

Annual revenue: $254,000,000

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Cincinnati Reds

  • Average attendance: 22,329
  • Average ticket price: $22.12
  • Revenue per home game: $3,172,839.51
  • Gate receipts per home game: $493,827.16
  • Yearly gate receipts: $40,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,679,012.35
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $217,000,000

Annual revenue: $257,000,000

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Toronto Blue Jays

  • Average attendance: 21,607
  • Average ticket price: $36.00
  • Revenue per home game: $3,271,604.94
  • Gate receipts per home game: $777,777.78
  • Yearly gate receipts: $63,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,493,827.16
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $202,000,000

Annual revenue: $265,000,000

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Minnesota Twins

  • Average attendance: 28,323
  • Average ticket price: $27.90
  • Revenue per home game: $3,320,987.65
  • Gate receipts per home game: $790,123.46
  • Yearly gate receipts: $64,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,530,864.20
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $205,000,000

Annual revenue: $269,000,000

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Chicago White Sox

  • Average attendance: 20,622
  • Average ticket price: $26.34
  • Revenue per home game: $3,358,024.69
  • Gate receipts per home game: $543,209.88
  • Yearly gate receipts: $44,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,814,814.81
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $228,000,000

Annual revenue: $272,000,000

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Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Average attendance: 26,364
  • Average ticket price: $24.82
  • Revenue per home game: $3,395,061.73
  • Gate receipts per home game: $654,320.99
  • Yearly gate receipts: $53,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,740,740.74
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $222,000,000

Annual revenue: $275,000,000

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Detroit Tigers

  • Average attendance: 18,536
  • Average ticket price: $39.30
  • Revenue per home game: $3,407,407.41
  • Gate receipts per home game: $728,395.06
  • Yearly gate receipts: $59,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,679,012.35
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $217,000,000

Annual revenue: $276,000,000

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San Diego Padres

  • Average attendance: 29,585
  • Average ticket price: $23.37
  • Revenue per home game: $3,419,753.09
  • Gate receipts per home game: $691,358.02
  • Yearly gate receipts: $56,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,728,395.06
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $221,000,000

Annual revenue: $277,000,000

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Cleveland Indians

  • Average attendance: 21,465
  • Average ticket price: $39.69
  • Revenue per home game: $3,481,481.48
  • Gate receipts per home game: $851,851.85
  • Yearly gate receipts: $69,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,629,629.63
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $213,000,000

Annual revenue: $282,000,000

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Milwaukee Brewers

  • Average attendance: 36,091
  • Average ticket price: $28.05
  • Revenue per home game: $3,555,555.56
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,012,345.68
  • Yearly gate receipts: $82,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,543,209.88
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $206,000,000

Annual revenue: $288,000,000

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Colorado Rockies

  • Average attendance: 36,954
  • Average ticket price: $26.06
  • Revenue per home game: $3,592,592.59
  • Gate receipts per home game: $962,962.96
  • Yearly gate receipts: $78,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,629,629.63
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $213,000,000

Annual revenue: $291,000,000

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Seattle Mariners

  • Average attendance: 22,120
  • Average ticket price: $40.18
  • Revenue per home game: $3,950,617.28
  • Gate receipts per home game: $888,888.89
  • Yearly gate receipts: $72,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,061,728.40
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $248,000,000

Annual revenue: $320,000,000

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Texas Rangers

  • Average attendance: 26,333
  • Average ticket price: $33.29
  • Revenue per home game: $4,000,000.00
  • Gate receipts per home game: $876,543.21
  • Yearly gate receipts: $71,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,123,456.79
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $253,000,000

Annual revenue: $324,000,000

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Washington Nationals

  • Average attendance: 27,899
  • Average ticket price: $51.33
  • Revenue per home game: $4,148,148.15
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,432,098.77
  • Yearly gate receipts: $116,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,716,049.38
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $220,000,000

Annual revenue: $336,000,000

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New York Mets

  • Average attendance: 30,155
  • Average ticket price: $39.30
  • Revenue per home game: $4,197,530.86
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,185,185.19
  • Yearly gate receipts: $96,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,012,345.68
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $244,000,000

Annual revenue: $340,000,000

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Philadelphia Phillies

  • Average attendance: 33,672
  • Average ticket price: $30.80
  • Revenue per home game: $4,209,876.54
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,037,037.04
  • Yearly gate receipts: $84,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,172,839.51
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $257,000,000

Annual revenue: $341,000,000

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Atlanta Braves

  • Average attendance: 32,779
  • Average ticket price: $37.66
  • Revenue per home game: $4,246,913.58
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,234,567.90
  • Yearly gate receipts: $100,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,012,345.68
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $244,000,000

Annual revenue: $344,000,000

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Los Angeles Angels

  • Average attendance: 37,272
  • Average ticket price: $33.45
  • Revenue per home game: $4,296,296.30
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,246,913.58
  • Yearly gate receipts: $101,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,049,382.72
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $247,000,000

Annual revenue: $348,000,000

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St. Louis Cardinals

  • Average attendance: 42,968
  • Average ticket price: $36.78
  • Revenue per home game: $4,395,061.73
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,580,246.91
  • Yearly gate receipts: $128,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,814,814.81
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $228,000,000

Annual revenue: $356,000,000

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Houston Astros

  • Average attendance: 35,276
  • Average ticket price: $47.60
  • Revenue per home game: $4,543,209.88
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,679,012.35
  • Yearly gate receipts: $136,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,864,197.53
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $232,000,000

Annual revenue: $368,000,000

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Chicago Cubs

  • Average attendance: 38,208
  • Average ticket price: $65.27
  • Revenue per home game: $5,580,246.91
  • Gate receipts per home game: $2,493,827.16
  • Yearly gate receipts: $202,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,086,419.75
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $250,000,000

Annual revenue: $452,000,000

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San Francisco Giants

  • Average attendance: 33,429
  • Average ticket price: $65.00
  • Revenue per home game: $5,703,703.70
  • Gate receipts per home game: $2,172,839.51
  • Yearly gate receipts: $176,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,530,864.20
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $286,000,000

Annual revenue: $462,000,000

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Boston Red Sox

  • Average attendance: 36,107
  • Average ticket price: $75.56
  • Revenue per home game: $6,370,370.37
  • Gate receipts per home game: $2,728,395.06
  • Yearly gate receipts: $221,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,641,975.31
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $295,000,000

Annual revenue: $516,000,000

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Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Average attendance: 49,066
  • Average ticket price: $49.06
  • Revenue per home game: $8,246,913.58
  • Gate receipts per home game: $3,506,172.84
  • Yearly gate receipts: $195,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $4,370,370.37
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $354,000,000

Annual revenue: $549,000,000

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New York Yankees

  • Average attendance: 40,795
  • Average ticket price: $85.95
  • Revenue per home game: $8,246,913.58
  • Gate receipts per home game: $3,506,172.84
  • Yearly gate receipts: $284,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $4,740,740.74
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $384,000,000

Annual revenue: $668,000,000

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Joel Anderson contributed to the reporting of this article. 

Methodology: In order to find what a season played in empty stadiums would cost each Major League Baseball franchise, GOBankingRates looked at Forbes’ team evaluations for the MLB. Using these reports and attendance reports for the most recent completed season from Baseball-Reference, GOBankingRates found the following data points to measure the revenue each franchise will lose out on in one season without fan attendance: (1) yearly revenue, (2) revenue per home game, (3) yearly gate receipts, (4) gate receipts per home game, (5) average attendance, (6) average ticket price per home game, (7) yearly food and merchandise revenue, (8) food and merchandise revenue per home game. All data was collected on and is up to date as of April 20, 2020.