Strasburg Could Help Nats Bottom Line | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Strasburg Could Help Nats Bottom Line

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is being hailed as the team's savior. Fans are hoping the young phenom will lead the Nationals out of last place and already it's apparent Strasburg will help the team's bottom line.

The Nationals so far are cashing in at the box office. Attendance at last night's sold-out stadium was more than double the average draw for a National's game and according to a CNBC report, if these figures hold up for every Strasburg start, the team will bank an additional $5 million this year.

Then there is the merchandising.

The stadium was packed with fans in brand new Strasburg jerseys and at team stores, fans like Lorie Newton were rushing to grab as much Strasburg gear as possible.

"I got a Strasburg t-shirt that was just released for my husband, one for my son, a Strasburg collectible pen, and I am waiting for the baseball cards, his first pro cards," says Newton.

Other areas could see a bump in revenue as well. From parking fees and metro fares to concession sales, it looks like the young pitcher will be a major money maker for the team and, to a lesser extent, the city, which collects 10 percent of stadium revenue.

NPR

Former Basketball Player Scores As A Filmmaker

While Deon Taylor was playing professional basketball in Germany, he had an epiphany: he wanted to make movies. The self-taught director's latest film, Supremacy, was released this Friday.
NPR

Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

Sweden has the distinction of producing surströmming, one of the foulest-smelling foods in the world. More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro tried eating it and failed. It's time for a rematch.
NPR

What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.
NPR

The Infinite Whiteness Of Public Radio Voices

The hashtag #publicradiovoices, about the "whiteness" of public radio, trended on Twitter this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch team about the conversation.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.