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    "MLB `07: The Show" Franchise Management FAQ	
    By MR. K.D.Rodieck
    Version history
    Changes in MLB 07
    Explanation of cost structures
    Viewing your financial health
    The Save-Test-Load method
    Franchise goals
    Editing Players
    Releasing players
    Setting rosters
    Free Agents
    Hiring a staff
    Training and rehabilitation budgets
    TV contracts and primary advertisers
    Billboard advertising
    Loans and banking
    Player fatigue
    Player morale
    Player advertising
    Team advertising
    Ticket prices
    Concession prices
    Adding vendors
    Parking prices
    Adding seats
    Loose Ends
    Shared revenue tax
    Resigning players
    Trading players
    Amateur Draft
    Signing Free Agents
    Last Words
    Appendix 1: Elasticity
    Appendix 2: Accounting for the shared revenue tax
    Possible glitches
    Contact information
    Credits and thanks
    Legal stuff
    Version History
    v.1.00 - 03/01/07
    -First version complete.
    v.1.01 - 03/02/07
    -Removed game-play tips section
    v.1.02 - 03/14/07
    -Added the "Infinite Money Glitch", the "Glitch Trades", and "The Amazing
    Disappearing Coaches" to the POSSIBLE GLITCHES section.
    -Made notes in other relevant sections in light of possible glitches.
    -Updated "Transportation" section in reference to NL teams.
    -Removed "general reader questions" section.
    I must make it clear that I do not own a copy of MLB `07: The Show for 
    the PS2. The reason is because I am waiting for the PS3 version to come 
    out, and that is the version that I would prefer to play. I rented the 
    PS2 version at my local video store just so I could determine what 
    differences there are between MLB `06: TS and MLB `07: TS for the PS2. 
    After extensive testing and note taking, I determined that the games 
    are essentially the same, but there are minor changes in the `07 
    version. Therefore, I copied and pasted my last FAQ for MLB `06: The 
    Show and updated this FAQ point by point, so this guide is current. 
    Welcome back baseball fans for another year of MLB video games. I have 
    been a fan of this particular series for about four years now for one 
    reason, and that is franchise mode. Most sports games have a franchise 
    mode in one form or another, but the reason why I love the MLB series 
    is because the financial side of this series is very deep. If you are 
    new to this series from 989 studios and SCEA, then you will be shocked 
    by how much you are able to micromanage almost every aspect of your 
    business. You will be setting prices for tickets, food, and parking as 
    well as adding vendors, seats, promotions and more. But that is only a 
    fraction of all the different ways in which you will have to tend to 
    your business as CEO of your own baseball team. This may be 
    overwhelming for new players, and that is why this guide exists.
    Over the years of playing games from the MLB series, I have formulated 
    a collection of rules and methods based on observation that allows a 
    player to maximize profits for any given team. The amount of things 
    that you need to do can seem staggering, but if you read about the 
    strategies that I have laid out in this guide and take each item one by 
    one, then you will do just fine and running the business side of your 
    franchise will soon become second nature. If this is the first time you 
    have played a game from this particular baseball series then just 
    remember to be patient as you progress through your franchise and have 
    fun. "$"
    If you are already familiar with my strategies from my last two FAQs, 
    then there really is not much here that will be new to you. Therefore, 
    for your benefit, I condensed all of the changes in financial strategy 
    and franchise management into the section below, so you don't have to 
    pour over this guide going over info that you already know. Just check 
    out the section below and you will get most of the info that you need.
    Thank you all for checking out my guide, and I hope you will find it 
    Play ball!
    For all of you who are already very familiar with this game and how 
    franchise management works, here is a quick list of significant changes 
    from last year's game. Some sections have been re-written, but they are 
    the same in concept.
    1.) Changed my conclusion about how much money to devote to training.
    2.) Changed my strategy regarding the hiring of scouts.
    3.) Changed my strategy for taking out a loan which is directly based 
    on changing my conclusion about training.
    1.) Now, you can hire a 1B coach, a 3B coach and a farm director. See 
    Understanding this section is very important to having a good 
    understanding of how costs are paid.
    First, almost all costs and revenues are tracked on a daily basis. In 
    other words, you will have to pay out money for salaries, training, 
    rehabilitation, and other things for every day of the season including 
    the playoffs if you are skilled enough to make it to the post season. 
    For example, if you have a player who has a yearly salary of 
    $10,000,000, then you will have to pay $55,555 per day to that player. 
    This same rule applies for all players as well as coaches and scouts. 
    Training and rehabilitation follow the same rule. If you decide, at the 
    start of the season to, devote $30,000,000 to training, then that will 
    cost you $166,667 per day.
    The above principal is very important to making decisions about hiring 
    new personnel (which is discussed later). Here is how to view costs 
    with a simple example. Suppose that you have a hitting coach who is 
    being paid $1,500,000 per year. You decide that you want to hire a new 
    hitting coach who wants $2,000,000 per year. What is the cost of the 
    new coach? The answer is $500,000 because that is how much more money 
    you have to spend in order to upgrade your coach. But we want to view 
    this upgrade in terms of daily costs. Since the cost of the upgrade is 
    $500,000, that added amount spread out over the period of 
    (approximately) 180 days is just $2,778 extra per day. 
    Costs like those mentioned above have to be paid every single day of 
    the season, no matter what. You will notice that your balance sheet 
    will be in decline when you have a day off or if you are playing games 
    on the road. That's because you are paying the cost of salaries and 
    such during this time. 
    When you are playing home games, you will be able to collect revenue 
    from concessions, tickets and parking. This is when you earn your 
    profits. You are still paying out the costs mentioned before, but you 
    will also be earning revenue from which costs will be deducted. The 
    difference between revenue and cost is your daily profit. Just remember 
    that you can only earn profits when you are playing at home.  
    The cost of things like new vendors, additional seats, training and 
    rehab facilities are one-time costs, and you do not pay for these over 
    a time period(aside from maintaining the facilities of course).  
    Transportation is a cost that is paid in full at the start of every 
    year. This will be discussed more later on.
    There are two ways to check the financial health of your franchise. The 
    first way is by checking your balance sheet and the second way is to 
    check your funds. Let me talk about the balance sheet first. You can 
    access this information by pressing the circle button when you are in 
    the franchise menu screen.
    Your balance sheet (Actually, what you are looking at is not a balance 
    sheet, it is an INCOME STATEMENT, and it annoys me to no end that it is 
    referred to as a balance sheet, because you don't want this to balance! 
    If it balanced, your net income would be zero. That's enough of my 
    little accountant rant) has two major categories which are INCOME and 
    EXPENSES. Your NET INCOME is income minus expenses. The balance sheet 
    is just a year to date snapshot of your profits (or losses) for the 
    year. The only real reason to be concerned with the balance sheet is 
    that it can be used as a tool to determine how much money in profits 
    you are earning per home game. Let me show you how.
    Suppose midway through the season you notice that you balance sheet 
    shows a net income of $20,000,000
    TOTAL REVENUE     45,000,000
    TOTAL EXPENSES    25,000,000
    NET INCOME        20,000,000
    You play your next home game and you notice that your balance sheet 
    shows the following.
    TOTAL REVENUE     48,000,000
    TOTAL EXPENSES    26,000,000
    NET INCOME        22,000,000
    By comparing net income figures over a two day period, you can 
    determine that for every home game you play in the short run, you are 
    earning $2,000,000 in profits. This is the most useful way in which you 
    can use the information on the balance sheet.
    Ultimately, every dollar of revenue that you take in and every dollar 
    of expense that goes out is logged somewhere on the balance sheet. 
    Let's take a look at it the balance sheet and see where your business 
    activities will be logged.
    FACILITIES: money earned by selling concessions, tickets and parking.
    LICENSING/AD SALES: Money earned from TV, billboard and primary 
    advertising contracts. 
    SHARED REVENUE: This is the rebate that you get at the start of the 
    year from the shared revenue tax.
    LOANS: If you took out a loan, then the amount of that loan is logged 
    STAFF SALARIES: this is where the salaries of your coaches and scouts 
    are logged.
    TRAINING/REHAB: the amount of money that you spend on training and 
    rehabilitation is logged here.
    FACILITIES: When you spend money on new vendors, new seats, and 
    training facilities, rehab facilities, the cost will be logged here. 
    The cost of transportation is also logged here at the start of every 
    year. Overhead costs are also logged here.
    MARKETING: Money spent on player advertising, team advertising and 
    BANKING: Money spent on repaying any loans that you have taken out.
    SHARED REVENUE: At the start of every year (except the very first 
    year), the amount of shared revenue tax paid is logged here. The shared 
    revenue expense, for you, will almost always be higher than the shared 
    rebate resulting in a large negative balance sheet at the start of the 
    PLAYER SALARIES: Money spent on player salaries.
    Whenever you play a home game, you will notice that your net income is 
    rising. That's the income that you earned for a home game minus the 
    expenses paid. When you add a new facility, like a vendor or additional 
    seats, your net income will fall because you added an immediate expense 
    without adding any immediate income. (Accountant Rant part II: Vendors 
    and seats are not expenses, they are assets. In real life, buying more 
    seats means that one asset (cash) goes down and another asset (seats) 
    goes up. In reality, this transaction just changes the composition of 
    held assets. *sigh* I've going to drive myself nuts if I keep doing 
    This information by pressing the O button while in the franchise menu 
    In my opinion, your funds (i.e. retained earnings) are the best way to 
    judge your financial health. This tells you how much money you have to 
    add vendors and seats and such as well as your ability to absorb the 
    hit from the shared revenue tax and transportation costs. The balance 
    sheet simply tells you how much money was added to the amount of funds 
    that you started the season with. Therefore, if I started the year with 
    $30,000,000 worth of funds and then my balance sheet shows a net income 
    of $40,000,000 at the All-Star break, then my funds will be equal to 
    The Save-Test-Load method is something that I came up with in order to 
    make sure that it is worth it to make a certain business decisions. 
    Basically, this works by saving your game at a strategic time, and then 
    simulating the next game as a control test. Once that is done, you load 
    your game back to where you started. Now that you have two data figures 
    (your starting data, and your control test data), you can test the 
    effects of changing certain variables in your franchise such as ticket 
    prices and concessions. 
    For example, suppose I want to see what will happen to attendance if 
    I raise the price of left field bleacher seats by $1. The first thing I 
    do is write down the current price and the total attendance to-date for 
    the left field bleacher section. Then I simulate the next home game and 
    I check how attendance normally would react if I did not change the 
    price at all. By doing that, I can discover that attendance increased 
    by 2,165 in a section with a capacity of 3,500. Now, I load my game so 
    that I am back at my starting point. Before I simulate the next game, I 
    raise the price of those seats by $1. Now I simulate the next game and 
    I discover that attendance increased by 2,134. Now I load my game 
    again. By doing that test, I concluded that there was no significant 
    drop-off in attendance when I raised the price. In fact, that small 
    drop-off could just be attributed to the unpredictable nature of day to 
    day attendance. Therefore, it is clear that I can raise the price by 
    $1, and since there is no significant drop-off in attendance, the total 
    revenue gained from that section will go up and attendance stays level. 
    I will not stop there however. From there, I will do another test to 
    see if raising the price by one additional dollar will have any effect. 
    If not, then I know that I can safely raise the price of those tickets 
    by a total of $2 now. I will keep doing this until I notice that 
    raising the price one additional dollar beyond my last test shows a 
    significant fall in attendance. If the fall in attendance is 
    significant enough, then it will be made clear that the fall is almost 
    entirely due to rising prices. 
    Ultimately, this is how the STL method works, by providing you a safe 
    method to play around with different variables to see how they affect 
    your bottom line and your business goals.
    There are five distinct times where you will use the STL method to run 
    some tests, and they are these:
    Ticket prices - Your goal is to see how high you can raise the price of 
    certain tickets without having any significant effect on attendance.
    Concession prices - Your goal is to find a price that maximizes revenue 
    for each individual concession.
    Adding vendors - Your goal is to find out whether adding a new vendor 
    produces a positive net present value.
    Parking prices - Your goal is to maximize revenue. (This is the 
    toughest one)
    Adding seats - Your goal is to see how many additional seats can be 
    immediately filled by the addition of new seats.
    Some of these terms like "net present value" might seem a bit strange, 
    but each one of these sections is described in more detail later, so 
    don't worry about it for now. Also, these tests should be done 
    precisely in the order listed above. I will get more into that later, 
    but there is a reason why I listed these tests in this particular 
    Also, just to clear up any confusion, testing for concession prices or 
    ticket prices should be done in bulk. In other words, test the prices 
    of concessions by increasing all concession prices at the same time and 
    checking the effect on each concession. If you did a test for one 
    concession at a time, it would take you forever. The same is true for 
    ticket prices.
    Before you even play your first game of the regular season, you will 
    need to create a solid foundation for your franchise to grow and 
    prosper. You can treat this section as a checklist of things to do 
    before you begin.
    The very first thing that you have to do when you start a new franchise 
    is to sign on to a list of goals that you must accomplish within a span 
    of 4-6 seasons. Same with last year's game, the difficulty of these 
    goals is directly linked to how well your team did (in real life) 
    during the 2006 season. This means that if you are a Mariners fan like 
    me, then your franchise goals will not be too difficult to fulfill. 
    Cardinal and Tiger fans, on the other hand, will have to deal with a 
    tougher list of goals that need to be accomplished. Most of these goals 
    will be will be related to on-field performance such as winning a post 
    season award, leading the league in a certain statistical category or 
    making the playoffs. Other goals deal with non-performance requirements 
    like maintaining a certain level of fan loyalty, earning profits, and 
    such. The only requirement that I don't like having is the requirement 
    that your stadium host an All-Star game. I don't know how cities are 
    awarded this honor, and I don't like it since I don't have much control 
    over that. You also don't need to worry about the possible goal "Draft 
    an All-Star potential player". This one is actually pretty reasonable, 
    and you can read more about this in the AMATUER DRAFT section of this 
    You may ask "OK, so what happens when I finally complete all of my 
    goals after 4-6 seasons?" As far as I know, you don't get anything 
    other than the honor of being able to keep playing. I'll try to test 
    this in the future as well as to see what happens if you don't fulfill 
    all of your goals in the stated time frame.
    Each organization will have a bunch of real life minor league prospects 
    on its organization roster. Chances are that hot prospect for your 
    favorite team may end up on the team's AAA roster, or possibly a few on 
    the AA roster. The rest of the players are all fictional. So it might 
    be a bit of a bummer for many fans to find that the one prospect that 
    they had hoped would be in the game is not there. If that is the case, 
    then you can always edit a fictional player into that missing prospect. 
    You can either edit rosters from the game's main option screen or, 
    while you are in franchise mode, go to view rosters. From there, 
    highlight the player that you want to edit and press the X button.
    First of all, when it comes to editing real life players, your option 
    are limited. You cannot edit that player's name, age, height, weight or 
    throw and bat hand. Everything else is fair game. When it comes to 
    editing fictional players, you can edit anything you want. Therefore it 
    is very possible to establish an entire AAA or AA roster of real 
    Finally, this method of editing is far superior to using the create-a-
    player option because in order to make room on your roster, you will 
    have to release current players under contract (see section below), and 
    if your prospect his high playing attributes, it can be inordinately 
    expensive to sign him from the free agent screen, which is where 
    created players end up.
    Please note that Red Sox pitcher, Daisuke Matsuzaka IS in the game on 
    the BoSox roster under the name Tate Baik, and his name CAN be edited. 
    Barry Bonds is also in the game under the name Reggie Stocker, but his 
    name CANNOT be edited. Go figure.
    You are not really releasing a player. You are in fact buying out a 
    portion of his contract. This means that you cannot cut costs by simply 
    cutting players from your roster. Before you release a player into the 
    free agent pool, the game will confirm your decision before you release 
    him. If you do release a player, one thing that you will notice is that 
    your funds do not decrease right away. Rather, the portion of the 
    contract that is being bought out is paid out over the course of the 
    year. This ultimately means that the per-day cost is rather low for 
    releasing lousy minor league players. There is nothing wrong with 
    releasing players to make roster room, but cost cutting is not a 
    justification because you will not only have to keep paying for your 
    released player but also the new player that you hire.
    Besides, you will need full MLB, AAA and AA rosters to have valid line 
    ups. The only reason to release a player would be if you have too many 
    players at a single position (see the section below) and you need to 
    add some free agents to create valid minor league rosters and line ups. 
    In order to release players, go to the free agent signing screen, 
    highlight the player on your roster that you want to release, and then 
    release him. Look at the bottom of the screen to determine which button 
    to use.
    Before you play a game, each level of your franchise must have a set of 
    valid lineups; otherwise you will not be allowed to proceed. This is 
    not too difficult to deal with. Your MLB, AAA and AA teams will each 
    need 25 players, so here is a basic set up that you might want to 
    Position     For each club    Total
    C            2                 6
    1B           2                 6
    2B           2                 6
    3B           2                 6
    SS           2                 6
    OF           4                 12
    SP           5                 15
    RP           5                 15
    CL           1                 3
    TOTAL        25                75
    There is another thing to keep in mind when you are setting up your 
    rosters, and that is that your players will get fatigued playing every 
    day, so you will need some solid bench players to give your every day 
    players a day off once in a while. In this sense, AL teams have an 
    advantage because players who are filling the DH spot will not fatigue 
    as fast as position players. This means that you can have two sluggers 
    for one position and have one player DH for a while and one play in the 
    field. From there, if one player gets tired, have him DH and put your 
    regular DH in the field. 
    Another strategy is to have a utility out fielder play each out field 
    position over three days. For example, if my regular out field consists 
    of Raul Ibanez, Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Guillen, then I might try to get 
    a guy like Corey Patterson to be my fourth out fielder. I let my 
    regular out field play for three days in a row, and then I have 
    Patterson fill in for Ibanez one day. The next day, Ibanez goes back to 
    left field, and Patterson fills in for Suzuki, and then for Guillen the 
    next day. Wait another three days, and repeat. This should keep your 
    out fielder's energy levels rather high throughout the season. 
    There are all sorts of different thing that you could try, so play 
    around with your rosters a bit and see what works.
    The free agent screen can be accessed through your main franchise menu. 
    This is where you get to release players (buy out their contracts), and 
    pick up new free agents. This section is pretty self explanatory, but 
    the one interesting feature here is that when you create a player, this 
    is where he ends up. So, for example, if I wanted to make myself into a 
    player, I could do that on the create-a-player screen and, once I am 
    finished, that player can be found in the free agent screen of my 
    franchise. Of course, the better the created player is, the more it 
    will cost to sign him. Be careful with this though, and the reason for 
    this is because your team has a salary budget(you can turn this off in 
    the options screen before you set up your franchise which makes this 
    part moot, but budgets make the game more realistic). When you attempt 
    to sign players, the amount of money that you have available for 
    salaries begins to decrease. You can see this in the signing screen. 
    The difference between your salary budget and your payroll is the 
    amount of money you have left for signing players. You should also keep 
    an eye on your salary budget because it may hinder you from making 
    trades. If for example, you have an available salary budget of 
    $5,000,000, you will be unable to trade for a player that has a salary 
    of $6,000,000 because his salary will exceed your available salary 
    There are two types of personnel (other than players) that you can hire 
    as part of your franchise, and these are coaches and scouts. 
    First and foremost, the team's manager as well as the first base coach 
    and third base coach are important to your franchise to the degree that 
    their strategy affects the way your team performs when you simulate 
    games. They does not matter all that much if you plan on playing all or 
    most of season yourself. With regard to the manager, he has four 
    categories by which he is measured: Aggressiveness, leadership, offense 
    and defense. I am not quite sure what the leadership and aggressiveness 
    stats affect, but offense and defense are pretty self explanatory. The 
    higher the offense stat, the more your coach will focus his players on 
    scoring runs. The higher the defense stat, the more he will focus his 
    players on keeping opposing runs off the board.
    The pitching, batting and farm director coaches are by far the most 
    important personnel that you can hire. They are even more important if 
    you plan on spending a lot of money on training because these coaches 
    will give you the biggest bang for your training dollar. Each of these 
    coaches has four distinct ways in which they benefit the growth of your 
    *Pitching Coach*
    1.) Control - Makes sure that the pitch ends up where you want it.
    2.) Velocity - Allows your pitcher to throw a lot harder.
    3.) Mechanics - A reader of my FAQ from last year pointed out that 
    mechanics helps reduce injury as well as increase velocity and control.
    4.) Pick-off - Makes it easier to pick off opposing base runners.
    *Batting Coach*
    1.) Power - Increases home run hitting power.
    2.) Contact - Cuts down on strike outs and increases the chance of a 
    base hit.
    3.) Base Running - Allows base runners to steal bases more easily, 
    round bases faster and generally become smarter base runners
    4.) Discipline - This really only comes into play when simulating games 
    and it affects your team's ability to lay off bad pitches and wait for 
    a pitch to drive.
    *1B Coach and 3B Coach*
    1.) Leadership - ? Unsure. (If anyone has an idea, please let me know)
    2.) Aggressiveness - Coach will not be afraid to have the runner take 
    an extra base if he sees the opportunity.
    3.) Awareness - Will look for opportunities to exploit in order to take 
    an extra base.
    4.) Knowledge - He is aware of how quick the pitcher is to the plate or 
    how strong of an arm the out fielder has, etc.
    *Farm Director*
    1.) Fielding - Increases player's defensive abilities.
    2.) Pitching - Increases pitcher's general pitching ability
    3.) Batting - Increases hitter's general hitting ability
    4.) Base running - Same as above.
    The rule here is simple: Get the best coaches that you possibly can. 
    This is especially true for the farm director if you want your minor 
    league prospects to grow.
    In my last FAQ for MLB `06: The Show, I wrote that scouts were utterly 
    worthless and that you should just get the cheapest and lamest scouts 
    that you can just to save money. I have changed my mind about this and 
    my observations led me to a new strategy here. To the best of my 
    knowledge, when you release a scout in favor of a new scout, you do not 
    have to buy out the old scout's contract in the same way that you have 
    to do when you release a player. This allows you to change scouts 
    without long term financial cost. When you begin a new franchise and 
    begin scouting players, there are tons of players to scout, and you 
    have almost no information about them. In my own opinion, the best 
    strategy is to begin your franchise by hiring the best scouts that you 
    possibly can and assign them to appropriate parts of the world. This 
    means that if your scout specializes in starters and infielders then 
    assign him to a region where there is an abundance of promising 
    starters and infielders as opposed to relievers and outfielders. Once 
    you have scouted all the players that you want in that region, then 
    fire your scout and hire a lame, cheap scout. Why? Because good scouts 
    can scout more players at one time and those players get scouted 
    faster. Once you have a bunch of players already scouted, then your 
    lame scout can begin scouting lower rated players whom you probably 
    won't end up drafting anyways. Of those players that you have scouted, 
    some of them will be drafted, and new players will pop up. It won't be 
    a whole lot, and your lame scout can easily scout them in a reasonable 
    amount of time. In summary, hire the best scouts to scout as many 
    players as possible and then fire them to save money.
    Hiring coaches should be the LAST thing you do in pre-season business.
    Refer to the POSSIBLE GLITCHES section for more information.
    Training and rehabilitation are ways to spend money to make sure that 
    your players keep their skills sharp and their bodies free of injury. 
    The big drawback here is that both of these can be pretty darn 
    expensive. For instance, if you totally maximize your training budget, 
    then this will cost you $80,000,000 by then end of the year! That is a 
    lot of money. First, let's take a look at training. The following is a 
    list of all of the different training categories.
    1.) Stamina - Pitcher can pitch deeper into the game.
    2.) Movement - Breaking pitches will break harder and fastballs will 
    have more movement
    3.) Pitch Development - Increases the overall quality of each one of a 
    player's pitches.
    4.) Control - Increases the chances that a pitch will end up right 
    where you want it.
    1.) Speed - Allows you to get to the ball quicker. This is crucial for 
    2.) Glove - Decreases the chance that a line drive will bounce off of 
    your player's glove and increases the chance of snagging the ball.
    3.) Accuracy - Increases your throwing accuracy. This is crucial for 
    your youngest AA players who tend to be horrible at simply making a 
    throw to first base.
    4.) Arm strength - Makes sure that your throw gets to the target 
    All of the categories here (power, contact, base running and plate 
    vision) are identical to the categories of the hitting coach.
    1.) Strength - Improves general abilities like hitting power, the MPH 
    on your pitches, arm strength, etc. 
    2.) Stamina - Your players will tire less quickly.
    3.) Agility - Increases your "first step speed" that allows you to 
    track down fly balls, get a good jump on a stolen base or get to that 
    ground ball into the hole of the infield.
    4.) Flexibility - Increases your player's ability to do things like hit 
    inside pitches squarely or jump against the wall to take a home run 
    away from an opposing hitter.
    Now you certainly can maximize your total training budget, but is it 
    worth it? In my previous FAQ for MLB `06: The Show, I advocated a 
    maximized training budget which was expensive, and it seemed to be 
    paying off. However, I wanted to see what the long term affects of 
    training were over a period of several years. To my disappointment, I 
    observed that although a 100% training budget created better results 
    than a 51% budget; the difference in how much better the players ended 
    up was not great enough to justify an extra $60,000,000. There seems to 
    be a matter of diminishing returns with regard to training. In other 
    words, the first $10,000,000 that you invest in training will have a 
    tremendous benefit above spending nothing on training. An additional 
    $10,000,000 will increase the overall effectiveness of your training, 
    but not by as much as the first $10,000,000. Do you see what's 
    happening here? For each additional $10,000,000 added to total 
    training, the overall benefit of training increases, but the marginal 
    effectiveness goes down. Economically speaking, a maximized training 
    budget cannot be justified. Also, the cost of training your players 
    This of course begs the question: How much should be spent. Unless 
    there is an interested econometrics student out there who would like to 
    use the data to figure out where the marginal benefit of training is 
    equal to marginal cost, then I just have to use the general rule that 
    the total training budget should be set at just under $20,000,000, or 
    about a quarter of the maximum amount. This should keep your players 
    happy, their skills will continue to grow, and you will have saved 
    $60,000,000 over a maximized budget. Nice! Now, how much should be 
    spent for each training area? I would dump about $1,134,904 into each 
    category. I am using this number because you may notice that when you 
    put that amount into the budget for any particular category, you will 
    notice that the message from the trainer in the lower right corner 
    changes indicating that he (and presumably the players) have an above 
    average level of happiness with your training budget. Of course, this 
    is not an iron clad rule regarding your training budget. If you want to 
    spend more to make your players faster or better home run hitters, 
    there is nothing wrong with that. I'm just advocating this budget 
    because it seems to be the most economical. Just remember that the cost 
    of training grows exponentially which does create diminishing marginal 
    returns per dollar spent.
    A final word about training budgets here. If you become a massively 
    profitable franchise, then why not add more to the training budget? 
    There are some other things that you can spend money on, but keep 
    additional training in mind. When you begin your franchise, a maximized 
    training budget is not worth it. But, a few years later? It's your 
    Rehabilitation should be treated a little bit differently. This comes 
    into effect when a player is injured and it is your rehab budget that 
    will, in part, determine how quickly that player can return to the 
    field. If you are planning on simulating every game, then having a 
    maximized rehabilitation budget is crucial because you will run into 
    injuries. If you are planning on playing most of the games yourself, 
    then rehab is not such a big deal because it is very rare to suffer 
    injuries in a game that you are actually playing. Therefore, if you are 
    planning on simulating every game, then you should maximize your 
    rehabilitation budget. If you are going to be playing most of the games 
    yourself, then I would set the rehabilitation budget at just a bit more 
    than one third of the maximized rehab budget. There are four categories 
    of rehabilitation that you can fund, and you can spend up to $2,000,000 
    on each category for a grand total of $8,000,000 worth of 
    rehabilitation. I would set each category at a little over $500,000 for 
    a grand total of about $2,000,000. If you remember from the EXPLANATION 
    OF COST STRUCTURES section, we can spread this cost out over the period 
    approximately 180 days which means that you will end up spending just 
    over $11,000 per day on rehab. What this does is keep the players happy 
    and if a player gets a minor injury, he will be back in no time.
    Here you will have the opportunity to sign a television contract as 
    well as rent space in your stadium to advertisers in order to earn some 
    money. The catch is that you will not be earning the bulk of your 
    contract until the end of the season. When you sign a contract, it will 
    be for a period of 2-6 years for a fixed cash flow. When choosing a 
    contract, the golden rule is that you should choose the shortest 
    contract, not the biggest in terms of dollar value. There is a good 
    reason for this which is that as you become a winning franchise, bigger 
    and better deals will come along in the future. You don't want to be 
    locked into a deal for 6 years at $2,000,000 per year when you have a 3 
    year deal worth $5,000,000 per year waiting for you next year. A short 
    deal will insure that when a better deal comes along, you have a better 
    chance of nabbing it when your deal expires. The shortest deal that you 
    can sign is for two years, and that is optimal. 
    When it comes to primary advertisers, you will have several options as 
    to which advertiser to choose. When you begin your new franchise, your 
    choice of TV contracts, however, is limited. When I say limited, I mean 
    that your only choice will be your home town local channel with a 
    meager yearly cash flow of, usually, less than $1,000,000. This is when 
    it is most critical to choose a short contract. If the contract 
    demanded is longer than 3 years, then it is probably worth it to not 
    sign a contract at all! This may sound crazy, but if you sign a four 
    year contract at about $750,000 per year, and then you are presented 
    with an opportunity for a 2 year contract for $4,000,000 per year in 
    the following year, then you will have sacrificed several million 
    dollars by hanging on to your old contract. In that case, you would 
    have been better off not signing a contract in the first year and then 
    picking up the better contract in the second year.
    Also, just be aware that when you sign a contract with a TV station or 
    a primary advertiser, there are stipulations that go along with that 
    contract that you must fulfill in order to receive full payment. This 
    means that your contract may require you to have a team batting average 
    above a certain level, an ERA below a certain level, make the playoffs 
    or have a certain level of attendance. You will be able to see what 
    this requirement is before you sign the contract, but make sure that 
    you keep it in mind before you sign. Once the year is finished, and you 
    have completed the requirement of the advertiser or TV station, you 
    will be paid the full amount of the contract on January 1 of the next 
    year, not the current year.
    This one is pretty obvious. When you sell billboard advertising, a 
    certain company will pay you to advertise in your stadium. What the 
    game allows you to do is sign short term advertising deals in your 
    stadium for a fixed amount of time for a fixed number of dollars. 
    Again, short deals are better because better deals may come along in 
    the future. In general, the rate at which advertisers will pay you is 
    directly a function of attendance. This means that it is a good idea to 
    sign deals that expire in midseason. As attendance keeps rising, 
    advertisers are willing to pay you more. Therefore, I think that the 
    optimal length for a new franchise is to choose a deal that expires in 
    the middle of 2007 or 2008. By that point (if you have been winning), 
    your stadium should be almost sold out each game and advertisers will 
    be paying out a lot to advertise in your stadium. Once rates are high, 
    then you can start locking in long term deals. Of course, keep in mind 
    that when you sign a deal that expires in the middle of 2007, the 
    amount of cash that you get will be HALF of the annual amount.
    This is one of the most crucial aspects of starting off your franchise 
    on the right foot. There are several purchases that you can make at the 
    start of the season. When choosing a loan, you want to do two things. 
    First, choose a loan amount that fully covers the cost of all of the 
    investments that you want to make. Secondly, now that you have figured 
    out the appropriate amount for your loan, you need to choose a bank, an 
    amount and a time frame for payment. There are two strategies here as 
    to where to go.
    First, you can go with the lowest monthly payment strategy. The benefit 
    of this strategy is that by keeping the monthly payments as low as 
    possible, you will keep your cash flow high throughout the season which 
    means that at any given time, you will have greater flexibility to add 
    more vendors which is ultimately how you get goods into the hands of 
    your fans who, in turn, put more money in your pocket. Also, this means 
    that as your franchise becomes more successful year after year, the 
    yearly amount of loan payments that you make will begin to greatly 
    decrease as a percentage of your total expenses. Keep in mind though 
    that you will have to make these payments over the off-season as well. 
    Over the months of January through the first of April, total loan 
    payments can add up to an amount between one and two million dollars. 
    Within a few years, that may not seem like much considering how much 
    money you will eventually be making, but that loan expense can 
    effectively nullify the income earned from a primary advertiser of TV 
    station. So keep that in mind.
    Second, you can go with the one-year, high monthly payment method. This 
    means that you are looking for the bank that will loan you your desired 
    amount, but the bank will want the entire loan paid back within one 
    year. The advantages and disadvantages of this strategy are exactly the 
    opposite of the low monthly payment strategy. With this strategy, you 
    are paying high monthly payments which reduce your flexibility to add 
    more vendors. On the other hand if you pay off the entire loan by the 
    end of the year, you will not have to make loan payments ever again, 
    and you can fully realize all future rewards. 
    If you are a beginner, then I would strongly suggest the first 
    strategy. However, if you are a veteran of the MLB series and you know 
    what to expect, then you might want to consider the second strategy.
    Now that you know the rules about taking out a loan, you have to use 
    that loan to purchase some assets. You can purchase whatever you like, 
    but here are my suggestions for what to get.
    Batting cage            2,000,000
    Face painting             100,000
    Playground              2,000,000
    Hot tub                 5,000,000
    Ice cream guy x20         200,000
    Soda man x20              200,000
    Peanut guy x20            200,000
    Aerobic room           10,000,000
    Auto pitcher            5,000,000
    Spa room                6,000,000
    Massage room            4,000,000
    TOTAL                  35,000,000
    This should give you one unit of each asset, except for ice cream guy, 
    soda man and peanut guy for which you should have a grand total of 30 
    units each.  
    When you receive your loan, you will want to do two things. First you 
    will want to buy those vendors that will create cash flow, like the hot 
    tub and the playground, and such. Second, focus on those facilities 
    that will help your players such as the auto pitcher and the aerobic 
    If you decide to go with the low-monthly-payment-method (recommended 
    for beginners) then the optimal $35,000,000 loan comes from Roll Bank 
    for a period of 15 years which obligates you to a monthly payment of 
    If you decide to go with the one-year, high-monthly-payment plan, then 
    go with a $35,000,000 loan from Piggy Bank at $2,980,247 per month.
    I should also mention that not all of you will begin your new franchise 
    with a home game. About half of you will play your first home game a 
    week or more after opening day. If this is the case, then wait until 
    you begin your first home game to take out a loan. There is no reason, 
    whatsoever, to take out a loan to gain a certain amount of funds, and 
    then see those funds dwindle by using them to pay for player salaries, 
    staff salaries, training, rehab, etc. For those of you who will start 
    your franchise on the road, wait until you are about to play your first 
    home game to take this loan. This is important because when you buy a 
    new vendor (like the hot tub, for example) you want that vendor to 
    start producing cash flow right away, so you might as well wait until 
    you can get some cash flow before you buy those vendors. Therefore, 
    just wait until your first home stand to take that loan.
    Read my lips! Do not EVER upgrade your transportation...unless you play
    as an NL team. This is the biggest waste of money in the game. You may 
    be tempted to upgrade when you see your players whining and complaining 
    that they have to ride on a cheap bus, but don't worry about it. Sure, 
    riding on a bus is a negative for player morale, but you can more than 
    make up for that by being a winning team. The rule here is that there is 
    no substitute for victory. Your players will put up with having to ride 
    on a bus just as long as your team is having a great year. There is another 
    temptation that you should avoid. As the season progresses, you will notice 
    that the cost of an upgrade keeps falling day by day. Don't be fooled. The 
    reason why the cost of a transportation upgrade keeps falling is 
    because transportation costs are automatically paid in full at the 
    start of each year, and that billing pays for the entire year. 
    Therefore, when you upgrade your transportation near the end of the 
    season, you think that you are getting a great deal, but the cost is 
    low because you are only leasing that mode of transportation for a few 
    weeks, not a full season. The cut off date for transportation upgrades 
    is about three weeks before the end of the regular season. By that 
    point, you will be tempted by the very low cost of the upgrade. 
    However, if you do it, then you will not be able to reverse it until 
    the start of next season. When the off season ends and the regular 
    season begins, you will be charged for that one year lease right off 
    the bat. If you upgraded to a team jet just before the season ends, you 
    will be hit with a bill of $200,000,000! You can get a refund by 
    downgrading, but why bother? If your franchise has been wildly 
    profitable, then you will certainly be hit with a massive shared 
    revenue tax and you WILL start next season with a large negative 
    balance sheet. I will get more into this later, but the tax has to be 
    paid from your funds. The same rule applies to transportation costs. 
    The amount of the transportation lease will be paid out of your funds. 
    If your funds are not sufficient to cover your higher mode of 
    transportation, then you will automatically be downgraded to a bus.
    Ultimately, the only real benefit of upgrading your transportation is 
    that your players energy will not decline as fast and you will be able 
    to play your starters more during the year with less days off for rest.
    The problem with is that you have to pay a pretty high cost for keeping 
    your players refreshed with more luxurious transportation. I would make an
    exception to this if you play as a team from the NL. If you play as an AL
    team, then you have the luxury of the DH, and players at the DH position
    will have their energy decline more slowly than position players. NL teams
    have no such luxury, so it is not so unreasonable to upgrade to a coach
    flight. A team bus is pushing it, but anything beyond that is a total waste 
    of money. Your team can make a ton of money during the season, but going from
    $10,000,000 per year to $50,000,000 per year is absolutely out of the
    Here is the list of transportation methods which you can purchase as 
    well as the one year lease cost for each.
    Bus                      1,000,000
    Coach Flight             5,000,000
    Team Bus                10,000,000
    First Class Flight      50,000,000
    Charter Flight         100,000,000
    Team Jet               200,000,000
    In-Season Business Management
    This section is the most vitally important part of maximizing your 
    revenues throughout the season. Selling soda, beer, popcorn, caps, 
    tickets, parking and such are going to be your main focus of making 
    money. Here, I will discuss aspects of the day to day nature of running 
    a franchise and give you the tools to maximize revenues.
    As you move along through your franchise season, you may notice that 
    your players suddenly don't have as much pop in their bat, they are 
    slower, and may even commit more errors. One explanation for this is 
    that your players might simply be fatigued. When you play a game, you 
    begin by picking your starting pitcher, and then adjusting your lineup. 
    When adjusting your lineup, look just off to the side of the player's 
    names, and you will notice green bars of different lengths. Those green 
    bars represent your player's energy. When certain players play day 
    after day, they get tired. Giving them a day off once in a while will 
    keep their energy levels high as well as their performance. This is why 
    it is so important to make sure that you have skilled bench players who 
    can sub for you starters every once in a while. Generally, it is a good 
    idea to let any given player to play for five days straight, and then 
    rest him.
    Player morale is a general level of the happiness of your players. The 
    truth is that player morale and the maintenance of morale is not a very 
    big deal at all. If you have a player that is unhappy, but signed to a 
    long term contract, then he has no choice but to play the game at your 
    command. There are several variables that affect player morale, but the 
    one factor that overrides all others is winning. If you are a winning 
    franchise, then players will forgive just about anything, including 
    having to travel across America in a bus. Winning a lot will eventually 
    maximize your player's happiness, and you can forget about most other 
    aspects of morale building. There is only one reason why I would be 
    concerned about the morale of certain players. If a star player is 
    unhappy, then his team preference level will be low(you can view these 
    stats by finding your player on the roster menu, pressing the circle 
    button to bring up the player's card, and then toggling through the 
    player's info). If his team preference level is low, he might demand 
    extra compensation when you try and resign him. Other then that, you 
    can always keep player morale high by winning, having reasonable 
    training budgets, quality training and rehab facilities, and giving 
    bench players sufficient playing time. 
    One way to get more fans to come to your stadium is to advertise your 
    players to your fans in order to tickle their baseball bone. The 
    benefit of advertising is that it slowly, but steadily increases the 
    support and loyalty of your fans. This in turn has a positive effect on 
    attendance. Of course, when it comes to increasing attendance, there is 
    no substitute for victory. Winning is the best way to increase 
    attendance, but advertising will give your franchise a little extra 
    push. When it comes to advertising players, you cannot directly choose 
    whom you will advertise. Instead, you will choose a marketing strategy 
    based on marketing your team's All-Stars, sluggers, rotation, fielders 
    or rookies. From there, the game will assign a player who fits that 
    description. You should start by setting the budget for advertising. 
    This is a yearly budget, so I like to set the total budget to its 
    maximum level, which comes to a grand total of $13,200,000 per year. I 
    think that it is worth it. Keep in mind as well that once you begin the 
    season, you can always change this amount, as well as the marketing 
    strategy. If you have committed to a maximized advertising budget, then 
    you should probably stick with it, but you should never stick with the 
    same marketing strategy. This can be changed independently of the 
    budget, so you should be mixing this up as the season moves along with 
    different strategies and different players.
    Team advertising is identical to that of player advertising except for 
    one aspect that keeps team advertising more dynamic. With team 
    advertising, you can adjust the message of your advertisements to be 
    more in sync with your team's situation. For example, you can begin the 
    season with the "Start of the Season" message, and then change it a 
    week or so into the season. If you have a winning streak going, then 
    you can switch your advertising message to "Keep the Streak." Some 
    types of advertising have more of an impact than others which means 
    that TV advertising is both the most expensive and the most effective. 
    Keep this open for adjustment based on your team's situation. Newspaper 
    and magazine advertising are good for generic messages, but use TV and 
    radio to adjust your message to your situation. 
    Finally, let me make an important note here about both player and team 
    advertising. Does it make any sense to use advertising to draw fans to 
    your stadium if you are selling out every game? Of course not, but I 
    certainly would not recommend cutting your adverting budgets to zero. 
    Advertising is something that keeps your fans interested and coming to 
    the ball park. However, once you are selling out your stadium on a 
    consistent basis, there should not be much problem by cutting your 
    advertising budget by about one-fourth. You still need some 
    advertising, just not as much. Depending on your team, play around with 
    this and find out what works.
    The first thing that I want to say about promotions is this: don't go 
    nuts with numerous, big, expensive promotions as a means of raising 
    attendance. That's simply not the way to do it. It is more useful to 
    think of promotions as an extension of team advertising. What I mean by 
    that is that promotions can be used most cost effectively as a means of 
    slowly building fan support over a long period as opposed to increasing 
    support in small, but temporary bursts. With team advertising, you can 
    adjust you message to send word to the public about your promotions 
    with the "Upcoming Events" choice. This provides a bit of synergy to 
    the effectiveness of your promotions. Although player morale and 
    support is something that you should not worry about too much, fan 
    support is crucial. One way of keeping fans happy is to constantly have 
    them looking forward to your next promotion. There is also one more 
    reason why doing a lot of big, expensive promotions is a bad idea. When 
    it comes to total fan support, there are so many variables that 
    determine fan support that the weight that promotions have in 
    determining this support does not justify large costs. Some of these 
    variables are things like wins, concession prices, ticket prices, your 
    position in the standings, the time gap between promotions, and 
    advertising spending among other things. With all of these taken into 
    account, promotions alone cannot justify a ton of spending on 
    promotions. Instead, you want to slowly, but steadily, raise fan 
    support over the long run with a bunch of small, cheap promotions. The 
    way to do this is to drop a small promotion in the middle of every home 
    stand, and I must stress that it should be done IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 
    HOME STAND. If you do it on the first day of the home stand, then you 
    will mess up your tests for things like optimal ticket and concession 
    prices when doing the STL method.
    The two cheapest promotions that you can do are the "Program Night" at 
    $2 per unit and "Ball Night" at $3 per unit. I like to do a promotion 
    of about 3,000 units for each home stand. The cost is small and your 
    fans will always be looking forward to the next promotion.
    I have to make one very important note about free ticket promotions. 
    The game lists the cost of this promotion as zero. Do not be fooled! 
    The cost of this promotion is very real and, as ticket prices begin to 
    rise, this could end up being one of the most expensive promotions that 
    you can do. Although the game says that the cost is zero, you are in 
    fact paying a cost for this promotion since you are forfeiting the 
    revenue that you otherwise might have gained. Let me illustrate with a 
    simple example. Suppose that you have a lemonade stand. Each cup that 
    you sell costs you $0.25 worth of lemons, sugar, and ice, not to 
    mention the paper cup. You are also charging $1.00 per cup of lemonade. 
    Therefore, your expected profit per cup is $0.75. Your best friend 
    stops by and you offer him/her a free cup. Did your give away cost you 
    nothing? No, since you obviously had to pay for the ingredients that 
    went into making that cup of lemonade. Then you might say "So the cost 
    of my give away was $0.25." Wrong again. The true cost of giving away 
    that cup was in fact $0.75. Since each cup earns you a profit of $0.75, 
    you just forfeited $0.75 worth of profits! That is what you truly lost 
    by giving away a cup of lemonade. The same principal applies to a free 
    ticket give away. The cost of giving away tickets is the money that you 
    COULD have earned by selling them. Now the question is how are the free 
    tickets given away? Are they given away randomly or is there some 
    structure? Well, it's a combination of both. The tickets that are given 
    away are distributed among all of your seating sections. The more 
    tickets that you decide to give away, the more expensive this promotion 
    will be. Here is a hypothetical, totally made up chart to illustrate 
    what I mean:
    SEAT            # OF SEATS   PRICE
    Bleacher          1,000        5
    LF View           1,500        6
    RF View           1,500        7
    LF General        10,000       8
    RF General        10,000       8
    IF Box            4,000        10
    Home Plate        3,000        12
    Let's assume two things here. First, assume that the give away is a 
    total of 4,000 tickets. Second, let's ignore some general variability 
    and just assume that the free tickets are equally distributed among all 
    seating sections. Now, if those 4,000 tickets are equally distributed 
    among the seating sections, then the costs would work out as follows:
    SEAT            # OF SEATS   PRICE     GIVEN AWAY    OPP.COST
    Bleacher          1,000        5          571         2,855
    LF View           1,500        6          571         3,426
    RF View           1,500        7          571         3,997
    LF General        10,000       8          571         4,568
    RF General        10,000       8          571         4,568
    IF Box            4,000        10         571         5,710
    Home Plate        3,000        12         571         6,852
    TOTAL                                                $31,976
    That comes to about $8 per ticket in my example, but it will be more in 
    your game. Now there is an off setting factor here, so let me address 
    that. One might think that by bringing in more fans with a free ticket 
    giveaway, then more fans will come to the park and they will buy more 
    hot dogs, beer, jerseys, and batting cage tickets among other things. 
    That is certainly true, but the mistake is to think that by offering 
    4,000 tickets for free, then there will be an extra 4,000 people in 
    your stadium. It does not work that way. Again, let me use a simple 
    example to illustrate:
    Adam and Bob both live in Seattle and are both Mariner fans. Adam goes 
    to lots of games every year while Bob prefers to watch the game at 
    home, presumably because the beer is cheaper. On July 10, Felix 
    Hernandez is going to face Johan Santana, and both Adam and Bob are 
    very excited. Adam would have gone to the game anyways and paid money 
    for the ticket. Bob, on the other hand would have watched the game at 
    home, but since the Mariners announced that there was a ticket give 
    away, Bob decides to actually go to the game. Do you see what happened 
    here? Adam is the opportunity cost. He would have paid anyways, but the 
    Mariners forfeited that revenue by giving the ticket away. Adam would 
    have also bought a beer as well, but he would have bought it anyways 
    regardless if he had paid for a ticket or not. As for Bob, he got into 
    Safeco Field for free and bought a beer that otherwise would not have 
    been bought. So, in this example, Bob is a financial gain to the 
    Mariners because he bought a beer that would not have been sold had Bob 
    not been there. Adam on the other hand is the opportunity cost. The 
    Mariners suffered a loss because he would have bought a ticket but he 
    got it for free instead. The beer that Adam bought should not figure 
    into this because he would have been there anyways and bought that 
    beer. Overall, it is a net loss for the Mariners when you compare the 
    gain of the extra beer sold to the cost of the ticket given away. It's 
    even more drastic because, as it turns out, for every Bob there are 
    three Adams. Here is how I came to that conclusion.
    This is from my last FAQ for MLB `06: The Show. It's slightly outdated, 
    but the principal still holds true in this game. I simply started a new 
    franchise with the Mariners, and I simulated the first game. The 
    relevant numbers that I got were as follows:
    NET INCOME:             -$217,817
    AVERAGE ATTENDANCE        23,422
    TICKET REVENUE:          $619,786
    These results are about normal, and doing multiple tests would reveal 
    similar figures. Also, keep in mind that this was just for one game, so 
    average attendance is equal to total attendance. Then, I decided to do 
    a free ticket promotion of 20,000 total tickets. The following figures 
    that I got surprised me in magnitude, but not in result.
    NET INCOME:             -$292,705
    AVERAGE INCOME:           29,018
    TICKET REVENUE:          $460,129
    As you can see, ticket revenue dropped sharply. Opportunity cost is 
    obviously a factor here. However, the most interesting thing here is 
    that average attendance increased by only 5,600 instead of 20,000.
    This means that of the 20,000 tickets, 72% of them went to fans that 
    were going to go to the game anyways, but they got in for free as 
    opposed to paying for them. This means that the promotion attracted 
    only an extra 5,600 fans that otherwise might not have gone. Did they 
    buy more concessions than a smaller crowd would have? Yes, they did, 
    but that does not come close to off-setting the cost. As you can see, 
    ticket revenue fell by about $160,000, but net income fell by about 
    $75,000. This means that those extra 5,600 fans translated into total 
    profits of $85,000 worth of concession sales. In other words, 14,400 
    fans got in for free as opposed to paying for tickets, and that caused 
    a direct opportunity cost of $160,000. They bought their beer, soda, 
    popcorn and other things as they would have done anyways, so they did 
    not add additional concession revenue than normal. But since net income 
    fell by $75,000 and not $160,000, that means that the difference was 
    made up by the sale of additional goods and food. Changing the number 
    of free tickets would change these figures in magnitude, but not in 
    general result.
    A reader of my last FAQ made a very interesting observation. With 
    regard to giving away baseballs, or programs and such, there is no 
    opportunity cost at all. Under normal circumstances, you would think 
    that of all the fans going to the game that day that were planning to 
    buy a program that the total number of programs sold for that day would 
    go down. (To figure out the total number sold, take the average sold 
    per game and multiply that by the total number of home games that you 
    have played.) If the principal of opportunity cost applied to other 
    goods, then the number of programs sold for that day would go down. But 
    if you check the sale figures, there is no drop is sales for some 
    reason. Therefore, there is no opportunity cost to giving away goods 
    like baseballs or programs which makes the cost of such a promotion of 
    just a pure cash cost. The only reason to add an opportunity cost into 
    your decision here would be if the quantity sold differed significantly 
    from the average amount sold per game. If the average amount of sales 
    per game is 500 units, but a promotion causes sales to drop by 200 
    units below the average for that day, then you can take that into 
    account because it will increase your total cost. If, for some other 
    reason, the amount sold for that day increases by 200 units above the 
    average, then you will be collecting extra revenue, and you can deduct 
    that from the cost of the promotion. Either way, opportunity cost will 
    only come into play when the total amount sold for that day differs 
    significantly from the long run average sold per game.
    Ultimate conclusion, free ticket promotions are a rip off, so just give 
    away 2000-3000 baseballs or programs as a promotion.
    This should be done in two stages. First, use the STL method to test 
    for the revenue maximizing price when you begin a brand new franchise. 
    Second, after a few weeks and every test afterward, you will want to 
    see how high you can raise the price before you see a significant drop 
    in attendance. If you want to do an effective test, make sure that you 
    followed my advice in the previous sections with regard to promotions, 
    advertising, and such. Also, this should be DONE ON THE FIRST DAY OF A 
    NEW HOME STAND. The reason is because if you are raising prices, you 
    will also be increasing revenue. To maximize the total profits that you 
    can take in, doing the test on the first day of a new home stand will 
    make sure that extra revenue is collected for each game of your home 
    stand. So, let's give this a shot.
    When you begin a brand new franchise, the first stage of the test is to 
    test for the ticket price that will yield the highest revenue to begin 
    your franchise with. Now, simulate your first home game and check out 
    how much each section yielded in terms of revenue. Now, load the game 
    and try again, except this time, raise each ticket price by $1. 
    Simulate the game and see if there is any significant change in the 
    income generated. Load the game and keep repeating until you find the 
    revenue maximizing price for each section. This will get you off on the 
    right foot by maximizing your early cash flow which is low at this 
    point, but it will rise from here on out. 
    After a few weeks, your advertising, winning and promotions should be 
    having some effect on the happiness of your fans, and more of them will 
    start to come to the ball park which will make daily attendance levels 
    rise. At this point, and from now on, we want to see how high we can 
    raise the price of each ticket without affecting attendance. Don't 
    worry about finding the revenue maximizing price anymore since more 
    fans in the stadium will mean that they will buy more soda, peanuts, 
    jerseys and beer. Anyways, at some point during the season, you will 
    want to STL for ticket price effects on attendance. To do this, take 
    note of season section attendance which can be found on the seating 
    screen mentioned above. Now simulate the next game and check out the 
    change in attendance. Keep this new level in mind, because that is the 
    result of our control test. Now load the game and raise each ticket 
    price by $1. Simulate the next game and check your attendance figures 
    again. If there was no drop in attendance for a specific section beyond 
    normal variance (which might be + or - 50 people), then you know that 
    you can raise that section price by $1 with out consequence. Keep doing 
    this until you find out how high you can raise each section price 
    without dropping attendance too much. If attendance drops significantly 
    more than previous tests by raising price by one more dollar, then the 
    price is too high and you should revert back to the last price that you 
    tested for.
    It is VERY IMPORTANT that you test ticket prices before you test 
    concession prices. The reason why is because when doing these STL 
    tests, we want to test the result of changing one variable, and ONLY 
    one variable. Since revenue gained from concession sales is both a 
    function of price and attendance, we want to hold one of those variable 
    constant, i.e. attendance. We can hold attendance relatively constant 
    by testing ticket prices first by testing for only one variable (ticket 
    price). Once attendance is held relatively constant, we can now test 
    for concession prices while having only one variable to test. 
    Finally, I should mention that in previous games, I was unable to 
    maximize both ticket price and attendance. If I set the ticket price 
    for any particular section to its maximum level, then I found it almost 
    impossible to sell out that section. Therefore, I think that it is OK 
    to create a price ceiling of $1 or $2 below the maximum allowable 
    price. You should not be sacrificing too much, and you can be assured 
    that happy fans will gladly sell out the stadium at 100% capacity after 
    your first full year. From there, you can easily check your attendance 
    figures and be confident in being able to sell out any additional seats 
    that you add. 
    If you successfully tested for the revenue maximizing ticket price, 
    then you should be getting the hang of how STL is working for you. Now, 
    we want to adjust concession prices to see what price for each 
    concession will yield the highest revenue for that concession. First, 
    just make sure that you do a control test to see what happens under 
    normal circumstances. Now load the game and increase the price of each 
    concession by $1-2 and see what happens to your season income figure 
    (season income is the figure that you want to look at. Ignore the Avg 
    Profit figure). I must note that when it comes to expensive items like 
    jerseys, gloves, signed bats and others, these goods are heavily 
    inelastic (see Appendix 1) which means that you can raise the price 
    much more than normal goods. For these types of goods, try raising 
    prices by $5-10 at a time. Here is where you get introduced to those 
    funny little arrows that indicate customer's feelings about that price. 
    Blue arrows pointing down means those customers think the price is a 
    real bargain. A green arrow that points right means that the good is in 
    a reasonable price range for the customer. A red arrow pointing up 
    means those customers think that the good is very expensive. My advice 
    is to ignore these arrows. Who cares if customers think that the price 
    of a jersey is too high when you have chosen the price that earns you 
    the most amount of money? Yes, this will cause fans to get a bit angry, 
    but that's OK. They will forgive you if you keep winning. Also, the 
    fans will get used to the prices, and their attitudes will change for 
    the better. A good that previously had a red arrow for its price may 
    turn into a green arrow price in a month or two.
    It is very important for me to note that testing for the highest 
    allowable ticket process and revenue maximizing concession prices is 
    where the whopping majority of your profits will come from. I cannot 
    stress how important these tests are because this is where your money 
    is coming from. This may seem tedious, and it is. However, but be 
    assured that you shouldn't have to do these tests for very long. By the 
    All-Star game, 90% of your concessions will be selling at the maximum 
    possible price, which means that you will be testing for only a handful 
    of goods for the rest of the season, so this process gets less tedious 
    very quickly and you will be spending only a fraction of the time doing 
    tests as you did before. I also strongly recommend keeping an archive 
    of when you do these tests so that if you want to start a franchise 
    with the same team all over again, you won't have to spend all that 
    time testing for prices again. 
    So what is this thing that you seen in the pricing screen called 
    overhead? Basically, overhead is how much money you have to pay in 
    order to sell a single unit of a particular item. This means that when 
    you sell a hot dog for $4, you have to pay an overhead charge of $1. 
    This means that, in net terms, you will receive $3 worth of profit. I 
    generally use the term "maximizing revenue" as opposed to "maximizing 
    profit" because the overhead rate in the previous section is fixed and 
    it does not change with the number of vendors. Therefore, as you 
    maximize revenue, you are automatically maximizing profit, so the two 
    phrases can be used interchangeably in this case. By using the data 
    from the pricing screen, you can compute all sorts of things.
    (Price - Overhead Rate) x (# Sold per Game) = Average Profit(less 
    (Total Profits) / (Total Sold) = Average Profit (more exact)
    (Season Overhead) / (Overhead per Game) = # of home games played
    (# of Home Games Played) x (# Sold Per Game) = Total Sold
    (Season Income) - (Season Overhead) = Total Profits
    (Overhead per Game) / (# Sold Per Game) = Overhead Rate
    So, when you pay $1 to sell a $4 hot dog, where does that $1 get 
    counted on the balance sheet? It gets counted under FACILITIES in the 
    EXPENSE portion of the balance sheet. That is ultimately how overhead 
    leads into the NET INCOME figure. The $4 gets counted under facilities 
    in the income portion, and the $1 gets counted under facilities in the 
    expense portion which increases net income by $3. 
    Since some items have overhead rates of less than $1, like soda, you 
    might wonder how the game accounts for fractions of a dollar when the 
    balance sheet presents everything in terms of whole numbers. The game 
    simply rounds off cents to(I believe), the nearest dollar. Also, the 
    number that you sell of most concessions is pretty high, so that large 
    number will translate into whole-dollar costs.
    Finally, you can see why I stress being diligent with testing your 
    concession prices. The higher the price, the larger the gap you create 
    between overhead and price. Since overhead stays constant, you will be 
    directly increasing net income when you increase prices.
    Vendors are the ones who ultimately put all of the concessions that you 
    sell into the hands of your fans. As you begin to win more and make 
    your fans happier and happier, they will begin to fill more and more 
    seats. And what to fans do when they come to your stadium? They walk 
    around and buy stuff. However, if you do not have enough vendors to 
    sell your concessions, your fans will have to wait in line longer and 
    longer which means that the demand for your goods is higher than the 
    quantity that you are currently supplying. If you want to have nice 
    income growth, then you will need to cater to the demand of your 
    customers by increasing your supply capabilities. The less time your 
    fans will spend waiting in line, the more time they will spend buying 
    The first thing that I should mention about adding one of these new 
    vendors is that each vendor has a built-in normal rate of return of 1% 
    per home game. So what do I mean by this? If you go to the vendors 
    screen, you will notice that the first vendor on the screen is the 
    Super Food Stand at a cost of $5,000,000 per additional vendor. A 1% 
    home game rate of return means that for each home game that you play, 
    the addition of this vendor will provide you with an extra $50,000 
    ($5,000,000 x 0.01 = $50,000. And consequently %5,000,000 = $50,000 / 
    0.01) worth of income per home game. 
    Before doing this of course, you should have already tested for ticket 
    prices and concession prices. So, you should have a saved game right 
    before the first game of a new home stand and you should be ready to 
    test. Do a control test first, of course, to see what happens under 
    normal circumstances. What you are looking for is that particular 
    vendor's SEASON INCOME which is listed on the vendors screen. Now that 
    you know how much income that vendor will have generated after that 
    game, load your game and add an additional vendor that you want to 
    test. Simulate the game and see how much income has now been generated. 
    If the generated income is the same as before you added the vendor, 
    then supply is already meeting demand (the market has been almost 
    perfectly cleared), and the addition of an extra vendor means that you 
    are not increasing sales any more. Therefore, don't buy it and move on 
    to a different vendor. Do the same thing with another vendor and see 
    what happens. Let's use a Super Food Stand as an example. If you test 
    for a new Super Food Stand, and you notice that the increase in income 
    is $25,000, then DO NOT buy an extra vendor. The reason is because you 
    will be overpaying for that additional cash flow. Since the game's 
    normal rate of return is 1% per home game, then you need to find a 
    vendor that will provide you with at least that. In this case, that 
    would be like spending $5,000,000 for an investment that is only worth 
    $2,500,000 ($2,500,000 = $25,000 / 0.01). Therefore, it is not worth it 
    to add an extra vendor at that point. Demand will increase in the 
    future, however, and you should try again the next time you are ready. 
    Suppose, however, that instead of yielding an extra $25,000, adding 
    that extra Super Food Stand yielded an extra $50,000. If that had 
    happened instead, then your return would be equal to the present value 
    of the investment. In that case, you should consider making that 
    investment in a new vendor. However, there is one buy rule that trumps 
    all others and should signal an automatic buying response. If that 
    investment in a new Super Food Stand yields an amount greater than 
    $50,000, such as $60,000, then you should absolutely buy it. The reason 
    is, of course, that you would be spending $5,000,000 on an investment 
    that is worth $6,000,000 = $60,000 / 0.01. In this case, an extra Super 
    Food Stand would have a net present value of $1,000,000 (Net Present 
    Value = [Present Value of the Investment] - [Purchase Price]). It is a 
    real bargain in this case and you should buy. Of course, that $60,000 
    per home game will probably return to the normal level of $50,000 in a 
    month or two, but in the mean time you get to take in the benefits of 
    that extra revenue. 
    Investing in new vendors should not stop at adding just one extra. If 
    you can afford it, and if you are willing to do so, then buy two or 
    three. Just make sure that if you want to make that investment, that 
    the increase in income is equal to or greater than the 1% rate of 
    return. For example, if I notice that adding one extra Super Food Stand 
    adds $60,000 to the season income of Super Food, then I will buy it. If 
    adding one more on top of that adds another $50,000 to my total 
    ($60,000 + $50,000 = $110,000), then I will that one as well. However, 
    if the third vendor that I add yields only $40,000, then I will not buy 
    that one because that marginal investment has a lower rate of return 
    than the standard 1% return.
    Now, here comes the interesting part which is choosing a basket of 
    vendors based on the returns that you can get. As stated earlier, you 
    should be taking note of how much extra revenue each additional vendor 
    can potentially give you. Once you have made a crude spread sheet for 
    yourself, you can determine extra revenue and the total cost of getting 
    that revenue. Allow me to use the example that I used in my last FAQ 
    for MLB `06: The Show.
    -total $ figures
    -all $ figures in thousands
    -A = year to date revenue before any test
    -B = year to date revenue after control test
    -1,2,3... = revenue collected after adding additional vendors
    -x = no extra revenue
    VENDOR            A      B       1      2       3      4
    Super Food       8939   9251    9315   9363     x      x     
    Food Flat        4194   4335    4367   4388    4410   4422
    Snack Food       6241   6463    6495   6506     x      x
    Drink Stand      4817   4997    5004    x       x      x
    Jersey          26262  27014   27133    x       x      x
    Based on the above return figures, I can break down the numbers into 
    just increases in revenue due to an additional vendor.
    VENDOR            A       B       1     2       3      4   COST OF 
    Super Food        -       -      64    48       -      -   5,000
    Food Flat         -       -      32    21       22     12  2,000
    Snack Food        -       -      32    11       -      -   1,500
    Drink Stand       -       -      7     -        -      -   1,000
    Jersey            -       -      119   -        -      -   10,000
    As you can see, I can get a positive net present value from 1 super 
    food, 3 Food Flat, 1 Snack Food, and 1 Jerseys 'n Junk. Of course, it 
    would be absurdly expensive to buy all of these at once, so you have to 
    pick and choose which ones to get. At this point, I really did not want 
    to spend more than $10,000,000 on additional vendors, so I compared my 
    options and came up with three baskets of vendors to choose from.
    OPTION 1: Jersey 'n Junk (1)
    $10,000,000 investment for a return of $119,000 per day.
    119,000 / 10,000,000 = 1.19%
    OPTION 2: Super Food(1), Food Flat(1), Snack Food(1)
    $8,500,000 investment for a return of $128,000 per day
    128,000 / 8,500,000 = 1.51%
    OPTION 3: Food Flat(3), Snack Food(1)
    $7,500,000 investment for a return of $107,000 per day
    107,000 / 7,500,000 = 1.43%
    As you can see, OPTION 2 gives me the best return when I take into 
    account all of the investments that have a net present value. 
    I would like to add just a few more things about adding new vendors now 
    that you know the rules about adding them. First, if you see fans 
    complaining that the lines are too long, then don't simply take this as 
    an indication that a new vendor has to be added. If your testing 
    reveals that you are not getting a good rate of return on your 
    investment, don't buy the vendor. Your goal is to maximize profits, and 
    that is what you should be concerned with. Second, as I mentioned 
    before, the rate of return per home game is 1% of the vendors total 
    cost. This means that the yearly rate of return is actually 82%! Since 
    you will be playing a minimum of 82 games at home, you collect that 
    cash flow for each game. So be careful when adding big and expensive 
    vendors like a Jerseys & Junk which costs $10,000,000. If you add this 
    vendor at the very end of the season, then you will not be able to 
    realize much cash flow for the season. The best time to add the most 
    expensive vendors is at the very start of the season so that you can 
    capitalize on as much of that cash flow as possible. In the case of 
    Jerseys & Junk, adding a vendor at that very start of the season should 
    yield about $8,200,000 for the entire season ($10,000,000 = 
    $100,000 / 0.01....$100,000 x 82 = $8,200,000.)
    Finally, you may notice that even though your tests reveal that you 
    have added income to the SEASON INCOME figure in the vendor screen, 
    that money may not show up right away on your balance sheet in terms of 
    changes in NET INCOME. I don't know why this is, but in my experience, 
    that extra revenue will show up really soon, so don't worry about that.
    This is a tough thing to price. The reason it is so tough is because I 
    have found that testing for a profit maximizing price yields revenue 
    figures that can fluctuate wildly. This makes it very hard to pin down 
    an optimal price, so my suggestion is to use the highest "green price". 
    This means that you should increase the price of parking to point just 
    before that green arrow turns into a red arrow. I wish that I could be 
    more detailed about this, but there is too much variability to nail 
    down the right price. 
    After about two seasons, you will notice from your ticket price tests 
    that attendance is getting up there and certain sections of your 
    stadium are, or are close to, being sold out every single game. When 
    that happens, it is time to let some more fans into your stadium by 
    adding extra seats. To add new seats, go to the seating screen where 
    you checked your ticket price tests. Press the X button and you will be 
    able add additional seats. You will notice two things right off the 
    bat. First, you can add seats in intervals of 10. Second, you will 
    notice that each section of seating has different costs associated with 
    it. Some are, of course, more expensive than others to add. 
    Before you add seats, doing a simple control test is not enough. You 
    should do about three or four control tests to make sure that when you 
    play a game, the cumulative attendance for that section increases by 
    the exact amount of the seating capacity. In other words, make sure 
    that if a particular section has a total capacity of 2,500 seats, then 
    you have to make sure that each and every seat is sold out. Check this 
    a few times to be sure that this is the case. Once you have confirmed 
    that a section is consistently selling out then you can add some new 
    What you will be testing for is how many people will actually sit in 
    your new seats. Therefore try adding 50 seats at a time when you test 
    for increases in attendance. If those 50 seats are also sold out, try 
    adding another 50. You should have the idea down by now.
    Of course with day to day attendance figures, there will be some 
    variability that makes it hard to predict an exact number of seats that 
    you should add. If for instance, adding 100 seats brings an additional 
    76 fans to that section, then sticking with an addition of 100 seats is 
    a good idea since the rest of the seats will fill out in time. That is 
    why I think that increases of 50 seats at a time is a good, 
    conservative benchmark for this particular test and it allows for some 
    As a supplement to this section, I would highly recommend that you read 
    the appendix section below on the subject of elasticity. The reason is 
    because there is the possibility that you may be in the highly elastic 
    range when you are adding seats. This basically means that if you drop 
    the price by a small percentage, attendance could increase by a much 
    larger percentage. If this is the case, then it would be worth it to 
    start LOWERING the price of tickets to pack more fans in. Here is an 
    example based on the model from the appendix.
    Suppose that you have a section that has a seating capacity of 3,000 
    seats, and that section is selling out every game at a price of $70. 
    You add 500 seats, and those extra seats are filled with an additional 
    150 fans. Now suppose that I dropped the price by $2 and I notice that 
    the lower price attracts an extra 250 fans to the game. The percentage 
    change in quantity ([3,400 - 3,150] / 3,150 = 7.9% )is divided by the 
    percentage change in price ( [68 - 70] / 70 = -2.9% ), which yields an 
    elasticity of -2.72 = (7.9% / -2.9%). Since the relationship between 
    attendance and price is elastic, lowering the price of tickets will 
    increase both attendance and revenue from that section. 
    Before you head into the off season, there will be a few things that 
    you might want to take care of. First, if you have plenty of funds in 
    the bank, you may want to consider paying off the balance of your loan 
    before you finish your season. The reason for this is because you will 
    have to make loan payments over the months of the off season. By the 
    end of your second season, you should have plenty of available funds, 
    and you should pay off that loan. Also, by the end of the season, the 
    condition of your field, training and rehabilitation facilities will 
    have deteriorated a little bit. You can fix this at the end of the 
    season in the Stadium Update screen, and the cost is rather minor. In 
    fact, I like to do this twice. I like to do this at both the end of the 
    season and at the beginning of the season. You may want to do this at 
    the start of the season because these facilities will deteriorate 
    during the off season.
    I got a lot of great feed back from readers last year, but a number of 
    them were asking me about odd glitches that happened during the off 
    season. For example, people told me that they traded for a certain 
    player and got someone completely different. MLB 2006 was notorious for 
    freezing in the middle of the season which would not allow you to 
    continue your franchise. Thankfully, MLB `06: The Show was pretty bug 
    free, but almost all of the bugs and glitches that people reported to 
    me happened during the off season management session. Therefore, I say 
    this unto you...
    When you finish your last game of the season, CREATE A BACK UP FILE AND 
    SAVE IT THERE! You should be keeping a back up file anyways incase 
    something happens. In many games, such as Elder Scrolls IV, there are 
    bugs and glitches that can cause you problems, but loading a back up 
    file and doing a task over again can usually fix the problem.
    I hope that you all had a very profitable and winning season, and now 
    you should get ready to manage your team in the off season. Also, let 
    me add that a few people e-mailed me about last year's game and 
    mentioned that the off season did not start for them. This problem 
    puzzled me, but I think I know why this may have happened. The off 
    season does not start once the last game of the World Series is over. 
    It starts on a specific day. Therefore, just simulate several days 
    until you get there. It's a minor oversight, but it's worth mentioning.
    Ah, the good old shared revenue tax. This certainly adds more realism 
    to the business side to the game, but it can freak out a lot of players 
    when they end the off season because they will start their next season 
    and notice that their balance sheet shows a net income of $-60,000,000!
    When I saw that number after playing MLB 2005, I almost had a nervous 
    breakdown! This can freak out players, but I am here to assure you that 
    seeing such a large negative number on your balance sheet is really not 
    a big deal. In fact, Appendix 2 is all about giving you a proof as to 
    why it is no big deal, and I highly encourage you to check it out. 
    First, let's break down what the shared revenue tax is all about. 
    When your season officially comes to an end, you will completely cease 
    all of your business operations. From your balance sheet, you will see 
    that you have earned a large amount of revenue. In order to "level the 
    playing field", the game (kind of like in real life) will levy a tax on 
    the revenue that you have earned for your season. In fact, the game 
    will do this to every team. All of the tax revenue from each team goes 
    into a giant pool. From there, the total taxes collected are divided 
    equally among every team in the form of an equal rebate check. This 
    means that the tax minus your rebate is the net tax that you have paid. 
    Some teams that have earned very low revenue will actually come out 
    ahead because their rebate checks will be higher than their tax 
    expense. You on the other hand will probably be paying a very large net 
    tax because you managed your business so well. 
    Ultimately, the reason why your balance sheet will look so scary is 
    because of a matter of timing. Suppose that you just finished the 2007 
    season, and you are about to jump over to the year 2008. Once the new 
    season begins, you will be hit with the tax on January 1. So you just 
    incurred an expense, but have you earned any revenue? Only a little 
    because this is when your primary advertiser and television contract 
    will keep their promise and pay you. You also are charged with two more 
    expenses during the off season. First, you will have to make loan 
    payments over the off season, and those payments will be taken out of 
    your funds every month. Also, you will have to pay for the full cost of 
    your transportation lease. With all of those combined expenses and just 
    a little bit of revenue, your balance sheet will show a large negative 
    number. There are two main reasons to not worry about this. First, the 
    funds that you begin your next season with would be the same regardless 
    of when the shared revenue tax is paid (see Appendix 2). Second, your 
    profits per game will be high enough that you will be able to climb out 
    of the red and into the black by around the All Star break.
    This is not only a great opportunity to lower your daily expenses, but 
    you can also free up some additional payroll room in the RESIGN PLAYERS 
    section. Instead of releasing players into the free agent pool and then 
    attempting to sign them, you can simply renegotiate the contract of any 
    player on your roster that is or is not under contract. Also, you will 
    have already noticed that when your season ended you were granted an 
    increase of x% in your maximum salary budget. This increase is directly 
    linked to the success of the season that you have just finished. 
    Winning the World Series will certainly grant you the biggest increase, 
    but if you fail to make the playoffs, then you can expect a very small 
    salary budget increase. I do not know if winning off season awards like 
    the MVP award or the Cy Young affects your budget increase, but it 
    can't hurt.
    Right now, your first priority should be to free up some salary budget 
    room. To do this, take note of all of your players who you would like 
    to keep for several seasons and are in the middle of their contract. 
    Now, try to resign them to a contract that is heavily reconstructed in 
    your favor. To do this, you should start by setting your offer at one 
    year and the lowest salary possible. Now, adjust the length of your 
    offered contract to whatever number of years the player finds 
    acceptable. You can safely try out several contract lengths because no 
    one in his right (except a pitiful AA player) mind will accept such a 
    contract. Once you have found the optimal contract length, now you can 
    raise the salary offered to find the absolute minimum salary that the 
    player will accept. If you do this with the right players, you will 
    notice that the amount of money that you have available for player 
    salaries is increasing. The reason for this is because when you 
    restructure a player's contract, that player will accept a lower salary 
    now in exchange for a higher salary later. Since the immediate effect 
    is to lower the salary that you will be paying that player next year, 
    the amount of money that you are allowed to spend on players will 
    increase. This should illustrate the reason why you should do this 
    first, and it is because you want to have as much money available for 
    resigning your best players who have expired contracts as well as money 
    available for signing free agents. 
    Your second priority should be your best players who have expired 
    contracts. These are the guys who you definitely do not want to risk to 
    free agency. Now, you should do exactly what you did when resigning 
    players in the middle of a contract. Set the contract length and salary 
    to a minimum; find the optimal length and then the minimum salary that 
    is acceptable to the player. 
    At this point, you should have freed up some salary budget room as well 
    as resigned your best players to long term contracts that have been 
    reworked in your favor. 
    As for all those garbage AA and AAA players with expired contracts, 
    just let them become free agents. Don't even think about resigning 
    them. Why? Because you will need sufficient room on your roster to 
    allow for any potential free agents that you want to sign as well as 
    your draft picks. 
    Trading for players is a way to get new players on your team that is 
    financially superior to signing free agents. Why? Because it is 
    essentially a salary swap. The other team will accept paying your 
    player's salary and you agree to accept their player's salary. Remember 
    from the EXPLANATION OF COST STRUCTURES section about what happens when 
    you upgrade from one coach to another? The same principal applies here. 
    Also, once the trade is complete, you can restructure the contract of 
    your new player immediately and sign him to a long term contract. I am 
    certainly not suggesting that free agency is a rip off or that it is 
    bad business. Not one bit. However, if there is a player that you 
    really want, and he is not a free agent, this is the time to get him 
    and sign him. Try a whole bunch of player combinations to see what 
    This is really the only part in the game where your previous attempts 
    at scouting will come into play. When the draft begins, all teams will 
    select amateur players in an order based on their performance during 
    the season. The worst teams will, of course, pick first and the best 
    teams will pick last. When it is time for you to pick, you truly can 
    pick any player that you want, but almost all of the players will have 
    their ratings kept a secret from you if you did not scout them. If you 
    want to check a player's ratings, then you must have scouted that 
    player previously. Ultimately, the entire draft goes for 5 rounds, and 
    your position in each round is the same, and it is based on your 
    performance during the season.
    When you began your franchise, you may have been given the goal that 
    you need to draft an All Star potential player. This is actually not a 
    very unreasonable goal. You can either leave it to chance and pick the 
    player with the highest overall rating(the bar meter) which is not a 
    very good idea, or you can check that player's potential rating. To 
    check his potential rating, highlight that player and press the O 
    button and then the X button. From there, use R1 to toggle to the 
    player's rating screen. On the rating screen, you will see six 
    different ratings along with a letter rating from A to F with A being 
    the best. Both pitchers and hitters have OVERALL, FIELDING, and 
    POTENTIAL ratings in common. In order to fulfill your goal, you want to 
    find the player with the highest POTENTIAL rating. An A will almost 
    certainly guarantee that the player will have All Star potential. 
    Drafting a player that has a rating of B will give you a solid chance 
    that he will be a potential All Star. A player with a rating of C has a 
    slim to none chance of having All Star potential. You don't necessarily 
    need to have an early draft pick to nab such a player. In fact, you 
    could possibly have the last pick in the first round and still draft an 
    All-Star potential player.
    General attribute levels like power, fielding, and the quality of 
    pitchers individual pitches can be seen without scouting that player.
    Therefore, if you do not have to pick an All-Star potential player as a 
    franchise goal, then picking on the basis of the player's actual 
    attributes is perfectly acceptable.
    Hopefully, you have freed up some of your salary budget in preparation 
    for signing a top free agent. After the amateur draft is over and you 
    have signed your five draft picks (or as many as you cared to sign), 
    you will be ready to sign free agents. When you examine the players who 
    have filed for free agency, you may notice that you will be put on a 
    timer. At the lower right corner of the screen, you will notice that 
    there is a blue bar that is indicating how much time you have left for 
    that day. Each day takes between 1 and 2 minutes to complete, and there 
    are a grand total of 60 days in which you can sign free agents. This 
    means that if there is a free agent player that you really want, then 
    you had better act fast or else other teams may step in sign him in the 
    first few days of the free agent signing period.
    When you spot a free agent that you want to sign, highlight that player 
    and make him an offer. That player will not accept or reject at this 
    point. Instead, he will consider your offer and will take a few days to 
    mull it over. You can make offers to other players as well at the same 
    time. There are a few indications as to how likely it is that your 
    target free agent will sign with you. The first way you can tell is by 
    checking the player's interest meter. This can be seen when you select 
    the high lighted player that you are making an offer to. The second way 
    is to check to see if you are truly making the best offer. You can see 
    this on the main free agent screen by looking at the icon in the best 
    offer column. If your team is offering that player the best offer, then 
    your team logo will appear in that column. If another team is making a 
    better offer, then that team's logo will appear there. Either way, the 
    terms of that deal will appear in the right hand column. If another 
    team is making the best offer, then looking at the terms of the deal 
    will give you an idea of what you need to do in order to top that deal. 
    Once you have picked your free agent targets, just sit back and see if 
    your best offer is taken within a few days.
    That pretty much does it for the major aspects of how to run a 
    franchise in MLB '07: The Show. As I mentioned before, being very 
    profitable in this game mostly has to do with diligently testing your 
    prices to see whether they are at the profit maximizing level and 
    making sure that you add vendors at strategic times. What this will do 
    is keep your revenues rising in a slow and steady manner for several 
    seasons. Most of your expenses like player and staff salaries, training 
    budgets, advertising budgets and such will be held relatively constant 
    over the same time period. This means that by being diligent, you can 
    have some very good profits for several years to come. After several 
    years, things like the bite from the shared revenue tax will be 
    lessened (because other teams will become more profitable as well, 
    granting you a larger rebate), revenue from TV and primary advertisers 
    will increase because you will be able to lock in better deals, and 
    your fan base will be loyal. You should now be very familiar with all 
    of the options that this game has to offer in franchise mode, as well 
    as strategies for being able to fully utilize those options.
    I hope that you all have enjoyed this game and that you found my guide 
    to be helpful to you.
    Appendix 1: Elasticity
    This first appendix section is not necessary for you to know if you 
    want to be successful at this game. It will, however give you a 
    deeper understanding as to how I came up with the STL method and why 
    this is the most effective tool for understanding how the price of 
    concessions will affect total revenue. 
    First, let's start out with the basic economic model of a demand 
    curve. From my crude (but brilliant) graph below, you have a visual 
    illustration of how demand works. It's pretty simple actually. On 
    the vertical axis, P represents the price of a good. On the 
    horizontal axis, Q represents the quantity of goods demanded. It is 
    an economic law, but also common sense that says that the lower the 
    price of a good, the higher the quantity demanded. Therefore, if you 
    were to graph this relationship, you would get a graph similar to 
    the one below.
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    However, maximized price does not mean maximized revenue. Because of 
    the dynamic relationship between price and quantity demanded, total 
    revenue changes in a dynamic fashion as well. This is where the 
    concept of ELASTICITY comes in. The price elasticity of demand can 
    be defined as the change in quantity demanded due to a 1% change in 
    price. In other words, we know that when the price goes up, the 
    quantity demanded will go down, but the question is "by how much?" 
    Technically, elasticity is calculated by taking the percentage 
    change in the quantity demanded and dividing that by the percentage 
    change in the price. In the hypothetical demand schedule below, when 
    the price falls from $11 to $10, that is equal to a price drop of 
    approximately 9%. By dropping the price, the quantity demanded 
    increases from 1 unit to 2 units, a 100% increase. 100% / -9% =     
    -11.1. In other words, if the price increases by 1%, the quantity 
    demanded will fall by 11.1% and visa versa.
    P     Q     TR     %changeP    %changeQ   E   
    11    1     11          x           x      x
    10    2     20          -9         100    -11.1  
    9     3     27          -10         50    -5
    8     4     32          -11         33	  -3
    7     5     35          -12.5       25    -2
    6     6     36          -14         20    -1.42
    5     7     35          -16.6       16.6  -1
    4     8     32          -20         14    -0.7
    3     9     27          -25         12.5  -0.5
    2     10    20          -33         11    -0.3
    1     11    11          -50         10    -0.2
    (note: some numbers may be a bit off due to rounding)
    Now, note where total revenue (TR) is maximized. It is maximized 
    around the point where E = -1. What this means is that if price goes 
    up by 1%, then quantity demanded falls by 1%. Those forces then 
    perfectly offset each other because increasing or decreasing the 
    price any further will force TR to fall.  
       TR* |             *
           |         *   |   *
           |       *     |     *
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           |     *       |       *
           |    *        |        *
           |   *         |         *
           |  *          |          *
           | *           |           *
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           elastic range   inelastic range
              |E| > 1         |E| < 1
    The above graph further illustrates this. In the inelastic range, a 
    1% increase in price causes a less than 1% decrease in quantity. 
    Price is increasing faster than the drop in quantity, therefore revenue 
    In the context of the game, you will notice that when you are doing the 
    STL method to do price tests for concessions, you are ultimately trying 
    to find the point where the elasticity of each concession is as close 
    to -1 as you can get. You should be able to maximize virtually all of 
    your concession prices within your first franchise season. From there, 
    the only way to increase concession revenue is to increase attendance 
    or vendors, since price increases will no longer be a factor in 
    increasing revenue.
    When it comes to tickets, your goal is to maximize attendance, not 
    revenue, so you can alter the equation a little bit. Instead of saying 
    "price elasticity of demand", we can rename this type of elasticity as 
    the "price elasticity of attendance". The principal is exactly the 
    same. If the price of tickets goes up, by how much will attendance 
    fall? That is, in part, why I recommended that the STL method should be 
    used in two stages. For the very first home game of your very first 
    season, it is appropriate to choose the revenue maximizing price. After 
    that, you should be increasing the ticket price to the point where 
    there is no significant drop off in attendance.
    Appendix 2: Accounting for the Shared Revenue Tax
    As I mentioned before, you will be shocked by seeing your balance sheet 
    so deep in the red due to having to pay the expense of the shared 
    revenue tax. I also mentioned that this really is not as big a deal as 
    it seems. It is more an issue of WHEN the tax is paid that makes the 
    tax so shocking. In this appendix section, I would like to do a little 
    accounting experiment to illustrate exactly what I am talking about.
    What I did was simulate an entire season with the Mariners and I let 
    the CPU handle all business decisions. The M's lost to the Yankees in 
    four games during the ALCS, and my business operations ceased there. 
    Here is what I ended up with at the end of the year:
    Beginning funds:    20,000,000
    INCOME             275,849,077
    Facilities         225,849,077
    Licensing/Ad Sales           0
    Shared revenue               0
    Loans               50,000,000
    EXPENSES           233,437,396
    Staff Salaries      18,406,323
    Training/Rehab      21,269,143
    Facilities          84,309,540
    Marketing           14,718,640
    Banking             50,329,166
    Shared Revenue               0
    Player Salaries     44,404.584
    NET INCOME          42,411,681
    Ending Funds        62,411,681
    From there, I just simulated the entire off-season and let the CPU 
    handle everything. When I officially started season two of my 
    franchise, my balance sheet looked like this:
    Funds:              30,394,225
    INCOME              31,539,444
    Facilities                   0
    Licensing/Ad Sales     550,000
    Shared Revenue      30,989,444
    Loans                        0
    EXPENSES            63,556,900
    Staff Salaries               0
    Training/Rehab               0
    Facilities          10,000,000
    Marketing                    0
    Banking                      0
    Shared Revenue      53,556,900
    Player Salaries              0
    NET INCOME         -32,017,456
    This is a rather typical situation. Net income is a large negative 
    number, and in addition to the shared revenue tax, the cost of the 
    transportation lease was paid in full (the CPU upgraded, not me). 
    Also, some income was earned in the form of TV revenue and 
    advertisement revenue, as well as the shared revenue rebate. Also, 
    notice that the CPU paid off the balance of my loan, so I did not have 
    to make any loan payments over the off season. Anyways, as you can see, 
    since the game is using cash based accounting, the expense of the 
    shared revenue tax will be recognized on January 1 of the new year.  
    Since you have incurred a very large expense and have gained very 
    little income, then of course your balance sheet (Geez, I hate 
    referring to the above table as a balance sheet) will show a negative 
    net income. 
    Now, let's try that little experiment. Here, we will see what happens 
    if the shared revenue tax is recognized and paid when the World Series 
    is officially over and all teams have ceased their business activity in 
    2007 as opposed to 2008:
    Beginning funds:    20,000,000
    INCOME             306,838,521
    Facilities         225,849,077
    Licensing/Ad Sales           0
    Shared revenue      30,989,444
    Loans               50,000,000
    EXPENSES           286,994,296
    Staff Salaries      18,406,323
    Training/Rehab      21,269,143
    Facilities          84,309,540
    Marketing           14,718,640
    Banking             50,329,166
    Shared Revenue      53,556,900
    Player Salaries     44,404,584
    NET INCOME          19,844,255
    Ending Funds        39,844,225
    As you can see here, I added the expense of the shared revenue tax to 
    the EXPENSES part of the balance sheet, and I added the rebate from the 
    shared revenue tax to the INCOME portion. Everything else has remained 
    constant. What this would have done was create a total net income of 
    $19,844,255 which when added to my starting funds comes to a total of 
    $39,844,225 that I would have ended the year with.
    Now, let's skip ahead to the start of the 2008 season based on these 
    revised numbers.
    Funds:              30,394,225
    INCOME                 550,000
    Facilities                   0
    Licensing/Ad Sales     550,000
    Shared Revenue               0
    Loans                        0
    EXPENSES            10,000,000
    Staff Salaries               0
    Training/Rehab               0
    Facilities          10,000,000
    Marketing                    0
    Banking                      0
    Shared Revenue               0
    Player Salaries              0
    NET INCOME         -$9,450,000
    WOW! Isn't that just amazing! I would have just as much funds in the 
    bank no matter when the shared revenue tax is paid. As you can see, we 
    ended the 2007 season with $39,844,225 worth of funds in the bank. 
    Since net income tells you how much money has been added to your funds 
    to-date, last season's balance less the negative net income is:
    30,394,225 = 39,844,225 - 9,450,000
    In this game, would you rather climb out of a $32,017,456 hole or a 
    $9,450,000 hole? Based on this example, I don't see why anyone should 
    That, ladies and gentlemen, is why you should not worry about seeing a 
    large negative net income on your balance sheet when you begin your 
    next franchise season.
    If anyone comes across a glitch that can affect franchise mode, just 
    let me know and I will try to make that knowledge more public here. 
    Keep in mind that these are possible glitches and it is difficult to 
    test to see if they are true or not.
    Here is a great one that came from kdutch98 on the gamefaqs.com message
    board. I tested it out, and it does work. Here is what he wrote:
    "when you click on a game to play it, select your pitcher, then when you 
    get to the lineup screen, exit out all the way back to the calender. 
    Check your finances. You will earn ticket revenues, and I believe 
    concession money for the game that you havent played yet. You can do this 
    as many times as you want to. Its an easy way to bring up your average 
    attendance, and earn a boatload of money, to get you out of debt."
    One e-mailer informed me that a glitch from last year's game is back. During
    the off-season, there is a possibility that a player of yours may end up
    getting traded even though you did not make such a trade. This seems to
    happen when the off season ends and you begin a new season. If this happens
    then either load your backup file (you did make a back up save just before
    the off-season began didn't you?) or try and reverse the trade with another
    I have heard some a few people who have e-mailed me about a glitch where
    the stats of your coaching staff will be wiped out for some reason. This
    seems similar to a problem that I noticed in MLB 2006. In that game, if you
    were told that one of your teams does not have valid line ups, you had the
    option of "Auto-Fixing" the problem, and it was the auto-fix that seemed
    to cause the problem. If this is the same glitch, then you can probably avoid
    it by manually setting valid line ups and rotations for each one of your teams
    before you even play your first game. Also, when doing all of your pre-season
    stuff, try making the hiring of new coaches your very last order of business.
    Hopefully, this should help you avoid the problem. 
    If you have a new strategy for profit building, or if you find 
    glitches, errors, suggestions, or anything else, just e-mail me at:
    Let me just add a few notes here. (Besides the rule that the name of 
    the game should always be added to the subject line so that I do not 
    mark it as spam.)
    1.) Let me say again, I do not own this game. This FAQ is based on my 
    last article for MLB `06: The Show. I rented this game so that I could 
    compare `07 to `06. I tried to be as thorough as possible to make sure 
    that this guide is as accurate as possible. If there is anything that I 
    missed, please let me know. This also means that I will not remember 
    all of the details about profiles, unlocking cheats and other minor 
    2.) I really do enjoy getting e-mail from people who read my FAQ. I do 
    check my mail regularly, so if you do not receive a reply, it's 
    probably because there was an error in sending my reply, or your mail 
    was never received, or it was accidentally identified as junk mail, or 
    my server is down, or some weird reason. I do reply to all e-mails as 
    long as you are not rude. If you are, then I just send your e-mail to 
    circular file. Therefore, if you don't get a reply in one or two days, 
    just try again.
    Thanks to SCEA and 989 studios for yet another.
    Thanks to gamefaqs.com for originally hosting this FAQ as well as all 
    other sites who post this FAQ.
    Thanks to kdutch98 for discovering the infinite money glitch.
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