Scott Boras Justifies Increase In Players’ Salaries By Citing Baseball’s Burgeoning TV Revenue
When Scott Boras speaks, the baseball industry listens. And not too long ago, Boras spoke to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Of note,
“The good news for [team executives] is that every team is going to have another $25 million in revenue through the national TV packages,” Boras said, in reference to the contracts that will increase to roughly $50 million per annum, per team, beginning in 2014. “They’re going to be making between $110 million and $120 million (including other revenue streams) before they sell a ticket. It’s a different financial model. Every team can afford to keep a franchise player now.
“For the same product, major-league teams just got $25 million more. So, for players, the same performance should get you grandly more. The quid pro quo has to continue: If revenues go up, player salaries go up.
“This is recognition for the value of performance. All of this is a byproduct of performance. Cement and grass doesn’t sell. Performance sells.”
Whether or not he is correct in his assertions, Boras gets paid to convince team executives that as revenues go up, his players should receive more money. MLB’s financial success has a lot to do with the league’s own ingenuity and innovation, but with no salary cap in place (and despite the existence of a salary tax threshold), agents like Boras can continue to push the envelope and request higher compensation for their clients. And Boras stands to make a lot of money this off-season. Morosi predicts that Boras’ free agents will sign for an aggregate of roughly $200 million.