Big League Sports - Lawton Community Schools

Big League Sports
Financial Impact
Big league pricing and planning
– “Big” refers to revenue potential – the better the
team the more money they make
– Must determine costs for multimillion dollar
contracts – Better athletes=better ticket sales
Financial planning for a sports team
– A sports team is a huge cost (stadium, facilities,
– Can bring in huge revenue – Must prove to the
– A professional team can be an asset to a city if:
NFL’s Team Values
1) Dallas Cowboys - $2.3 bill.
2) New England Patriots - $1.8 bill.
3) Washington Redskins - $1.7 bill.
4) New York Giants - $1.55 bill.
5) Houston Texans - $1.45 bill.
28) Detroit Lions - $900 mill.
32) Oakland Raiders - $825 mill.
World’s Richest Athletes
Tiger Woods – $78.1 mill
Roger Federer - $71.5 mill
Kobe Bryant - $61.9 mill
LeBron James - $59.8 mill
Drew Brees - $51 mill
Aaron Rodgers - $49 mill
Phil Mickelson - $48.7 mill
Big League Pricing &
Professional athletes contracts
– Must determine what the team can afford –
better players = better team and more income
Corporate sponsorships
– Must have financial backing from corporations to
support activities
Television revenue
– The better the team and fan following the more
likely a tv network is to pick up the game
Salary Caps
Are spending limits affecting how much a team can spend on a
certain player
Give teams limits on player total player spending
May also affect individual player spending based upon factors such
as years in the league and position
Are mandated and regulated by the governing bodies of major
sporting leagues
Affect the National Football League®, National Basketball
Association® and National Hockey League®
– does not affect Major League Baseball®
– Major League Baseball® is referred to as an “uncapped” league
Collective Bargaining
Are contracts existing between the owners of a
sport’s league and the player’s association
Contain rules for player salaries
Also contain requirements for salary caps
Free agency is the process by which players are
assigned a team. When a player is a “free agent”
they are free to negotiate with any team with
whom they wish to sign.
Defines the rules for free agency
Financial Planning for a
Sports Team
A prof. sports team can be a financial asset to a city
– Everyone and everything involved with the team
stays within the home city area
– The stadium/arena is used for events other than
those for which it was built
– The team attracts other business development
like hotels, restaurants, shops
Increased spending by fans
– If a team can get fans to the city they will spend
on hotels, restaurants, shops, etc.
Increased tax revenues
Bringing All Resources
Media support
Charitable and other organizations
Power, Prestige, &
Perks and payoffs
Political clout
Professional teams and the community
Sociological ties to a professional team
The bottom line
Perks & Payoffs
Perk—a payoff or profit received in
addition to a regular wage or payment
Company employees receive tickets
Media exposure for owners
– Houston Texans
Political Clout
Franchise owners bring millions of
dollars in business activity to a city
– Often given money or other perks by city
officials to entice team to stay in city
Nashville and the Tennessee Titans
Frequently associated with wealth
Professional Teams & the
Teams bring new jobs to a city
– Stadium construction, working games, other
tourist businesses created (hotels, restaurants,
Boost for surrounding businesses
– City of Detroit and Tigers playoff run
Community service – team and
coaches help out community in various
Sociological Ties to a
Professional Team
City’s “image enhancement”
Residents feel pride
– Ex. - Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions,
New York Yankees, Denver Broncos
Wholesome family entertainment
The Bottom Line
Winning is everything in sports
Special contract incentives for winning
Incentives can be…..
Can mean different things to different parts of a
professional sports organization
Owner’s generally find success in making money
Managers or coaches measure success in winning
Players find success in winning and reaching certain
statistical milestones paying them bonuses
– for example, a soccer player may have incentives,
or motivators, in his contract to score more goals
Front office personnel such as marketing or public
relations might measure success based on fan

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