In part of his discussion this morning about season-ticket pricing, Adrian Hanauer also mentioned this:
"It costs a lot of money to run a big professional sports organization, and we’re not swimming in buckets of profits. The business is healthy, and we’ll continue to do what we believe we need to do to keep it healthy."
Which raises the question of why -- why isn't a club that draws about 20,000 fans per game more than the league average swimming in money?
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"Our average ticket price is not at the top. I think our average ticket price is about fifth in the league, so there are about certainly teams that are generating significant revenue or close to our revenue on that end. We also have spent pretty heavily on the player side. Not to the extent that the Galaxy or Red Bull have, but certainly a decent amount over the cap. And third, we try to do things at an extremely high level. So the people, the broadcasts, the stadium and the gameday experience, the marketing, the community relations, (the Starfire training facility), I would venture to guess is all done at a higher level … than some of our competitors. And that all costs money. Yes, our revenues are very strong, but our costs are high as well."