Also, Griffey cures cancer
The M’s reported a 2009 profit to the PFD, putting us one step closer to starting to recoup the Safeco Field costs, rebounding from their reported 2008 loss (and I’m just going to skip my usual digressions about that). Their financial position’s clearly better, and that’s good.
Anyway, I wanted to point out this is how Jim Street wrote the lead paragraph in that story for MLB.com:
The Mariners made a profit in 2009, thanks to a 24-game improvement in the win column and the return of Ken Griffey Jr.
Nothing in the story mentions any kind of financial breakdown at all. 2.2 million people came out in 2009, which was dooooooown from 2.3 million in 2008. Did ticket revenue go up because of new pricing? What was the media split? How’d they manage that, exactly? Did they sell an extra million Griffey jerseys at the team store?
If you read on, you’ll hear again that they won more games and Griffey came back. Which is not helpful if you’re curious. Repetition of a contention is not support for that contention.
It’s lazy reporting. The story’s better off without this recycling of worn storylines.