The Atlanta Braves Financials Are Public, and Baseball Was Very Good to Them in 2021

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The Atlanta Braves Financials Are Public, and Baseball Was Very Good to Them in 2021

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The timing of this news is coincidental, because the Atlanta Braves are but one part of their public owner’s portfolio, but it certainly adds context to the ongoing CBA negotiations. And since they are just one of two teams owned by public companies (Toronto Blue Jays), their financials are ultimately available for folks to review.

After rebounding from the pandemic year, and despite limited attendance early in the season, baseball was once again very profitable for the Braves:

As Passan goes on to correctly note, there are also tremendous tax advantages for team owners (which do not show up if you’re just looking at the annual profit number). Moreover, the Braves were very profitable in 2018 and 2019, as well. Yes, the pandemic season legitimately did hit teams hard – I don’t know why that became a controversial conclusion – but it is equally true that things have likely rebounded very well for teams since.

Do with that information what you will when considering the lockout, the owners’ various CBA offers, and the claims that they are now out of ideas.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.