Scott Boras doesn't believe MLB teams lost money during the shortened 2020 campaign.
Lost money from fans not being in attendance was made up through revenues from postseason national television and in-season local television, and players collecting reduced salaries, the super-agent says.
"There's no team in baseball that lost money last year," Boras said, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
The league lost $3.1 billion in a season without fans, according to commissioner Rob Manfred. He also said 40% of game-day revenue is generated through tickets, concessions, parking, and merchandise, according to Shaikin, who adds that player salaries were reduced to 37% in 2020.
"We are going to be at historic high levels of debt," Manfred said at the end of October. "And it's going to be difficult for the industry to weather another year where we don't have fans in the ballpark and have other limitations on how much we can't play and how we can play."
Boras doesn't believe Manfred will need to worry about similar losses in 2021 because owners have already promised local television partners that a full campaign will be played.
"So you better believe we're playing a full season," he said.
MLB is set to begin a 162-game regular season on April 1, although the schedule in its entirety is yet to be determined.