Forbes rolled out their annual "Business of Baseball" franchise valuations list Wednesday, and according to the rankings, the White Sox are among the top 10 most valuable franchises in baseball.
The Sox come in at No. 10 with a valuation of 600 million, a 14 percent increase over the last year. Click this link for the specifics -- the most interesting one to me was the revenue per fan stat, which is pegged at 37. In reality, it's probably higher, as Forbes splits the populations of two-team metro areas in half, and at the risk of being stoned to death, the Cubs probably have more fans in the Chicagoland area than the White Sox.
Player expenses have more than doubled since 2003, when the Sox shelled out 68 million. But revenue has also doubled, from 106 million in 2003 to 214 million in 2012. And, in turn, the value of the franchise has skyrocketed, from 233 million in 2003 to 600 million in 2012.
The Sox are the most valuable team in the AL Central, with Minnesota (No. 14, 510 million), Detroit (No. 17, 478 million), Cleveland (No. 26, 410 million) and Kansas City (No. 27, 354 million) representing the rest of the division on the list.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.