From a financial perspective, 2018 was reportedly a very good year for MLB.
A report from Maury Brown of Forbes noted that Major League Baseball produced record gross revenues during 2018.
“The bottom line for Major League Baseball continued to be strong in 2018, while seeing a slowing of growth compared to years prior,” Brown reported. “For the 16th consecutive year, MLB saw record gross revenues. For 2018, baseball-related revenues were $10.3 billion, according to industry sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.”
This is certainly welcome news to anyone in MLB’s front office. And in some respects, it’s surprisingly good news.
Attendance was down throughout MLB in 2018, something that commissioner Rob Manfred spoke about in June.