Buy The Boon In Live Sports Broadcasting

Feb. 27, 2015 3:54 AM ETDIS, FOXA, CMCSA, T, CHTR

Honestly, spring is right around the corner, no lie! Once the country climbs out of the Siberian Cold Front plaguing most of the nation, flowers will blossom, cardinals will be chirping, and the sound of baseballs cracking off Louisville Sluggers will be heard.

It is that time of the year, when we brush off the snow, and emerge outside after months of cold weather and return to the nation's pastime, baseball. Lucky for the athletes, they get to warm up in Arizona, and Florida for spring training.

Over the past few years, baseball players have seen significant upswings in salary, and this is primarily due to the increasing trend of massive television contracts each team is signing with major broadcast networks and cable companies. Players' salaries have exploded since the 1970s. According the MLBPA (MLB Players Association), the average salary in 1970 was $29,303, in 1980 it was $143,756, in 1990 it was $597,537, in 2000 it was $1,895,630, in 2010 it was $3,297,828, and in 2015 the average salary is expected to be $4.0 million. Major TV and cable deals started in the mid-to-late 1990s, and have increased each year up through 2015.

The most recent TV contract was by the Houston Astros, signing a deal that is expected to be above $1.5 billion over the next 15-20 years. This would triple their previous television contract which ended up averaging $31 million per year for the club, but is now valued at over $93 million per year. While this seems like a lot, the New York Yankees earn about $385 million per year with their current TV contract, and the LA Dodgers are right behind the Yankees with about $330 million per year. These billion-dollar deals are enabling MLB teams to buy free agents, and therefore driving up the average salaries into stratospheric levels as demonstrated by the average player salary decade

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