By MICHAEL FOSTER and MICHAEL BROWNINGNew York Times best-selling author Michael Foster and Michael Browning break down the Mets box-office smash.
The New York Mets have earned more than $8 billion for their upcoming season, the third-highest total for a professional baseball team, behind the Los Angeles Dodgers ($10.4b) and the Pittsburgh Pirates ($10bn).
The Mets are projected to become the most profitable franchise in Major League Baseball when they are finished.
The $8-billion Mets hit, which is part of the Times’ annual Box Office Spectacular, was unveiled Thursday as part of a deal that will give a special prize to one of every five tickets purchased to the opening game of the 2018 World Series.
The prize will be announced later this week.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, Aug. 3, with the prize being split between the Times and The Associated Press.
It is estimated that a ticket to the Mets’ Opening Night game will sell for $11.94.
The Times, which has a longstanding interest in the team, has been paying $7.99 for a single seat since it was founded in 1939.
The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers were among the teams to receive tickets, while the Miami Heat received a special ticket package valued at $2,500, according to an official statement from the Times.
The Times is not giving away tickets for free.
Tickets can be purchased through a combination of the print edition of the newspaper, a digital subscription service, and on-demand at the Times Box Office.
The newspaper said it will honor all sales on-site at the box office.